Perceived social support, self-esteem and teenage motherhood: respect and intrusion. Un study in Traiguen, Chile
- Miryam Mora-Guerrero, Gloria - Magdalena Escarate-Colin, Luisa - Andrea Espinoza-Lerdon, Carol - Beatriz Pena-Paredes, Andrea
- Datos de publicación:
- Maternity - Adolescence - Social support - Perceived social support - Gender
- Migración Web of Science 
- When motherhood occurs in adolescence, women require a socio-emotional support that their family, partner and health staff cannot always provide, which leads to the development of low self-esteem and conflicts with the maternal role. This research addressed this phenomenon by exploring the relationship between perceived social support, self-esteem and motherhood through 15 interviews with adolescent mothers whose children were under 6 years old. The results showed that the participants perceive the support received in a range which varies from respectful to intrusive or outright dominant, which in turn has implications for their self-esteem and maternal autonomy. The conclusions encourage the rethinking of adolescent motherhood as a vital event that, despite being experienced with anguish, provides opportunities for personal development for women if they have adequate social support.