College females as mothers: balancing the roles of student and motherhood

ABNF J. Winter 2007;18(1):25-9.


As more female college students are involved in sexual relationships their risk of conception increases. However, when pregnancy occurs it is only the woman who bears the burden and risk of the pregnancy and in most cases child care. Female college students who become pregnant are then faced with, not only the risk of the child birth but also the responsibility of their education and childcare. This study describes how the women in situations like this cope with their experiences. In their own words the participants will suggest how they handle their responsibility of school and parenting. Five themes are associated with this study: (a) mother's unconditional love; (b) relationship with the child's father; (c) responsibility for education; (d) family and friends involvement; and (e) the learned lessons. These themes are used as a guide to get an understanding of what the females go through when faced with these responsibilities.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • African Americans / education
  • African Americans / ethnology*
  • Family / psychology
  • Female
  • Friends / psychology
  • Gender Identity*
  • Happiness
  • Humans
  • Life Change Events
  • Love
  • Mother-Child Relations / ethnology
  • Mothers / education
  • Mothers / psychology*
  • Nursing Methodology Research
  • Parenting / ethnology
  • Personal Satisfaction
  • Qualitative Research
  • Sexual Partners / psychology
  • Social Support
  • Spouses / psychology
  • Students / psychology*
  • Time Management
  • Universities*