Young mothers in Islamic contexts: implications for social work and social development
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AbstractSocial work has a particular responsibility to develop culturally and religiously appropriate practice. Early childbearing occurs in many Muslim families and can be a sensitive issue because it is often shaped by local religious teachings. Early childbearing is associated with health and social vulnerabilities. Social work has an important role to partner with local religious leaders to support this vulnerable population. There are Islamic teachings that promote the care of pregnant mothers and babies. Many of these teachings are not well understood or applied when working with Muslim communities. Implications for social work research and practice are examined.
CitationHutchinson A., O'Leary P. (2016) 'Young mothers in Islamic contexts: implications for social work and social development', International Social Work, 59 (3), pp.343-358.
JournalInternational Social Work