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When children become parentsWelfare state responses to teenage pregnancy$
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Anne Daguerre and Corinne Nativel

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346780

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346780.001.0001

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Early motherhood in Italy: explaining the ‘invisibility’ of a social phenomenon

Early motherhood in Italy: explaining the ‘invisibility’ of a social phenomenon

(p.139) Seven Early motherhood in Italy: explaining the ‘invisibility’ of a social phenomenon
When children become parents

Elisabetta Pernigotti

Elisabetta Ruspini

Policy Press

This chapter provides a discussion of the specificities of early motherhood in Italy, and has two aims: first, to provide a detailed and critical analysis of the social policies available to young mothers, and second, to explore the effectiveness of welfare provision reserved for young mothers, particularly for young lone mothers, in a Mediterranean welfare state. Overall, welfare policies and training strategies targeted at lone mothers are scarce in Italy. This scarcity is linked to the low social visibility of teenage mothers, which consequently delays the implementation of focused intervention strategies. Due to the fact that teenage childbearing and motherhood is an uncommon phenomenon in Italy, for the purpose of this chapter, the discussions of early motherhood include young mothers under the age of 25.

Keywords:   Italy, motherhood, adolescents, social welfare, welfare states, sociology, social policy, teenage pregnancy

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