Hello, I'm at student at Temple University and I’m doing a project for my Youth Cultures class. For my project, I’m trying to break down the stereotypes formed in the media towards teen mothers. The stereotypes in the media revolve around the idea that teen mothers are usually low socioeconomic, poorly educated, and minorities. I’m trying to prove that the media casts a false description of teen mothers. The following are interview questions to help get a better understanding of teen mothers. I would greatly appreciate it if you could take the time to answer the following questions, you don’t have to leave your name and feel free to include anything you’d like to talk about in regards to teen parenting. My goal is to hear your voice.

  • How old were you when you became pregnant?

  • What social class and ethnicity would you consider yourself?
  • How has becoming a mother changed your life?
  • Do you feel the media casts a negative light on teenage mothers or does the media provide an accurate description of teen mothers?
  • How has the media or society impacted the way you chose to parent?
  • Do you think the media’s stereotypes about teen mothers are accurate or do teen mothers raise above those stereotypes?