• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The Convention of Teenage Fatherhood

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

"The Convention of Teenage Fatherhood" Final Documentary Research Paper Table of Contents Introduction --------------------------------------------------------------- 3 Canadian Attitudes ------------------------------------------------------- 3 Struggles ------------------------------------------------------------------- 4 Government/Community Support -------------------------------------- 5 Determination ------------------------------------------------------------- 5 Conclusion ----------------------------------------------------------------- 6 Bibliography --------------------------------------------------------------- 8 Interview Release -------------------------------------------------------- 10 Note: Personal names have been altered to protect the below people mentioned. Introduction There is a variety of literature and support available against the attitudes towards teenage mothers yet very rarely can the same be said for teenage fathers. Although many teenage fathers are accepting their parenting responsibilities, the Canadian public has yet to show them support and respect. Without help, there is very little keeping fathers from breaking under the pressures of parenthood. Through all the difficulties and pressures, fathers still desire to participate in their child's lives. The negative attitudes, costs and stressors they face, may be greater then that of an average father. They may even contribute to the negative stereotypes teenage fathers receive. Yet the need for further support and literature is proven through research and personal testimony from Steve, my husband and teenage father at 17. ...read more.

Middle

Steve holds Sara on his shoulders much like a symbolic burden. Parenting is a huge responsibility that many teenage fathers are taking on. When planning for children the first thing on the list is normally financial stability. Without this, the costs of raising a child become reality. Steve shares," As a teen, being a father means you have to grow up and you have to do it fast." Being able to balance school and work is hard for fathers and many often find it easier to drop out (Lindsay 01). For the teenage fathers who do not run away through all the struggles, support should be given. Government/Community Support Support programs for teenage fathers are uncommon or under advertised and this forces fathers to have to look harder or give up. When asked what programs were available to him Steve responded, "Fresh out of the hospital you're just told about stuff about the moms and babies but men have to look at the libraries for support or help, stuff like that." In another picture on my right, Steve is holding Sara as she takes her first few steps. ...read more.

Conclusion

The long held stereotypes of teenage fathers being "dead beat dads" are influenced greatly by the government and communities' lack of support and care. Steve's interview only reinforces the idea that although many teenage fathers are accepting their parenting responsibilities, the Canadian public has yet to show them support and respect. "[Teenage Fatherhood] means you have a lot more responsibilities then just going to work or school everyday I mean you gotta care for someone you have to care for another life other then your own. There are a lot of kids out there who wouldn't know how to deal with it, I didn't know how to deal with it but you just gotta adapt and I've grown up a lot more in the past year then ever." As Canadians, they are part of society and therefore it is society's responsibility to help teenage fathers and lift the stereotypes through support and education. By educating not only the fathers but also the public, the attitudes towards teenage fathers stand a better chance of changing for the good. As Wilhelm Bulsch famously said, "Becoming a father isn't difficult, but it's very difficult to be a father. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Child Development section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Child Development essays

  1. Genetics - Designer Babies

    It's quite hard to write a balanced report on such a topic for the disadvantages are more than the advantages in creating 'designer babies' and developing this concept. To draw conclusions to this topic, we have to think whether it is right to give parents the choices to modify their own children.

  2. Why family structures are changing.

    One final physical need of John is fresh air and sun light, John needs these to ensure he will grow up properly, because if he is continually stuck in the house he will be breathing the same air which might not be that good for him as it can have infections in it from other family members.

  1. Health and Social care

    barriers that can make it difficult for people to use the service. How powerful can the client be? Although the doctor may give advice and medical provision, the client is really the person who has the power to make their own decision based on what they have been told.

  2. Renaissance Men: Cellini and Pitti

    Francis's appreciation for Cellini's work continued to blossom and he eventually presented the artist with an unsolicited gift of naturalization papers, "a far greater honor than to be made a Venetian nobleman," the king's messengers explained to the indifferent Cellini (Cellini, 253).

  1. THE TRUTH ON AUTHORITATIVE PARENTING STLYE

    more realistic expectations of the stages of child development and the requisite skills for children's achieving more mature competencies. Second, parents need to know how to observe young children. Child watching helps us to understand a child's level of development in relation to how we nurture the child with the correct parenting style.

  2. Family Support Resource

    Thompson (2000) outlines that social work practice premised on the principles of existentialism should be: ontological - sensitive to the personal and social dimensions and interactions between the two; problem-focused - sensitive and responsive to ... existential challenges ... particularly those ...

  1. English Literature Exam Essays

    Indeed, historian Daniel Brower argues in {\em Training the Nihilists: Education and Radicalism in Tsarist Russia} that the radical movement changed not only the lives of the university students who were recruited, but also the society around them, by creating a legitimized niche for such counter-cultural activity.

  2. Review of Other-Esteem by Philip O. Hwang, Ph.D.

    If you have a high self-esteem then you already have confidence, because they go hand in hand. However, Hwang believes that we gain more confidence when we have good relationships with friends, family, acquaintances, and loved ones. Hwang puts this very simply when he writes, "One achieves self-esteem form social

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work