Teenage mothers' transitional living experiences and coping mechanisms: A phenomenological study

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Yvette P. Rejuso
Maria Vanessa G. Vargas
Shamel P. Magliquian
Sherwin Batilantes
Churchill C. Gumboc


Due to the proliferation of the COVID-19 virus, a health protocol encouraging social isolation was implemented. However, teens continued to violate this rule, resulting in premarital sex, and young women became pregnant due to unsafe sexual activity. The study aimed to explore the transitional lived experiences of teenage mothers from being students to teen moms in the context of the new normal educational setting. The study utilized a transcendental phenomenological research approach to investigate and analyze the individual activities and behaviors of young moms. For qualitative data collection and triangulation-based data analysis, the researcher employed the live interview and participants' observations that were then recorded via audio and video. The study consisted of five research participants selected using the method of purposive sampling with the inclusion criteria of one teenage mother who were presently enrolled in school and two teenage mothers who had a child or were pregnant during the study's conduct. Using thematic analysis and data triangulation, the study's findings revealed three major themes.

Keywords: Coping mechanisms, resilience, teenage mothers, transitional living experiences;



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Rejuso, Y. P., Vargas, M. V. G., Magliquian, S. P., Batilantes, S., & Gumboc, C. C. (2023). Teenage mothers’ transitional living experiences and coping mechanisms: A phenomenological study. Global Journal of Psychology Research: New Trends and Issues, 13(1), 31–41. https://doi.org/10.18844/gjpr.v13i1.8669
Author Biography

Sherwin Batilantes, Malay National High School, Motag Malay Aklan, Malay, Philippines

Sherwin P. Batilantes is a Master Teacher 1 at Malay National High School in Motag, Malay, Aklan, where he teaches Mathematics in grades 7 to 10. His outstanding achievements as an educator were very apparently remarkable. In 2018, he received an award as one of Aklan's Ten Outstanding Mentors, Best Adviser in Division Mathematics Investigation in 2017, 2021 District Outstanding Researcher, and District Outstanding Master Teacher for Secondary in 2021.

Mr. Batilantes is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Science Education with a major in Mathematics at West Visayas Visayas State University – Main Campus as a Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) scholar under the Capacity Building Program in Science and Mathematics Education (CBPMSE) program.

Moreover, he is a researcher who focuses on instructional technology education, distance education, mathematics support instructional materials, social justice (Ecojustice), and social works. He was a recipient of the DepEd Region VI – Western Visayas Basic Education Research Fund (BERF) in 2019. He presented his study at the district, division, regional, national, and international levels, where he received awards for Best Research Paper and Best Research Presentation. He also published his research articles in reputable peer-reviewed journals at no expense. And he became a resource speaker in mathematics and research-related training and seminars ranging from the school to the regional level.