Young Parents Project

Many interventions intended to address the needs of young parents focus on individual-level factors, including enhancing knowledge regarding parenting. While these are important, they do not adequately account for the influence of social context, like ageist social relations that stereotype young parents and their children, and gendered power relations, as well as structural inequalities such as unemployment or income generation opportunities, and poverty.

The Young Parents Project relies on ethnographic fieldwork and interviews with 150 young mothers living in Prince George and Vancouver, British Columbia, as well as socially significant people in young mothers lives, including biological fathers of young mothers’ children, step-parents and grandparents. The research also examines the experiences of service providers and community leaders who are engaged in interventions to address early-age parenthood.  

Research Objectives

The Young Parents Study documents mothers’ and fathers’ experiences and makes recommendations regarding novel health, education and social service delivery and policy interventions to better address their needs.

About Young Parents


PI: Dr. Jean Shoveller

Key Team Members: Cathy Chabot; Anna Carson; Caroline Mniszak; Dr. Devon Greyson


Canadian Institutes of Health Research