Research evidence to inform strengths-based policy and practice: mapping the coping strategies of young women in Mozambique
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AbstractUnintended pregnancy amongst young women in Mozambique is associated with many ‘problems’ and ‘poor outcomes’; yet little is known about how young women, their family and communities actually respond to these problems. Qualitative research on the coping strategies used by young mothers under 20 years of age in response to conflictual relationships, poor material provision, poor health and poor educational access in Mozambique is presented. Data was constructed through 21 semi-structured narrative interviews with young mothers (16-19 years old) from two regions (urban/south and rural/north) on their experience of coping with unintended pregnancy. Thematic data analysis to identify coping strategies was completed using Nvivo 7. The majority of strategies identified were ‘relational’ in nature highlighting the importance of developing interventions which strengthen naturally occurring strategies used by women, their families and communities. The findings are used to illustrate the role of strength-based research in developing policy and practice, particularly in relation to community development and groups considered unable to ‘cope’ or ‘get on’. It is also important to ensure strengths-based approaches are used to tackle structural inequalities and strengthen organisational resources, despite this being a strong critique levied at strength-based interventions.
CitationHutchinson A.J. (2018) 'Research evidence to inform strengths-based policy and practice: mapping the coping strategies of young women in Mozambique', British Journal of Social Work, 49 (1), pp.116-134.
PublisherOxford University Press
JournalBritish Journal of Social Work
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