Exploring the Career-Related Goals and Barriers of Teenage Mothers


  • Cynthia Chaddock University of New Brunswick
  • José Domene University of New Brunswick


Career goals, barriers, teenage mothers, teenager, mother


As teenage childbearing is increasing in New Brunswick, it is imperative that teenage mothers’ career-related goals and barriers are closely examined in hopes of supporting these youths. Using the qualitative approach, I explored the career-related goals and present/anticipated barriers of three teenage mothers. Both academic and careerrelated goals, as well as the barriers to fulfilling these goals, varied for each participant. Some of the barriers communicated included financial and time constraints, lacking supportive figures, lacking qualifications, lacking motivation to graduate from high school, and uncertainty related to a lack of guidance and knowledge in terms of formal education.


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Chaddock, C., & Domene, J. (2016). Exploring the Career-Related Goals and Barriers of Teenage Mothers. Canadian Journal of Career Development, 15(2), 45–55. Retrieved from https://cjcd-rcdc.ceric.ca/index.php/cjcd/article/view/153