09 October 2019

“Everyone my age doesn’t know what it’s like”: A mixed-method study of young mothers and social support in Australia

This research examined how young Australian mothers (i) compared to older mothers in levels of social support and personal resources, and (ii) perceived and experienced the quality and type of social support available to them. Young mothers generally reported higher levels of social support, but poorer family relationships, and fewer personal resources (such as education and home ownership). This research suggests that being a mother outside the typical age range (25-34 years old) is challenging for both young and older mothers, but in different ways.