Being in the world, Irish adolescent parenthood, Heidegger, interpretive phenomenology
Adolescent parenthood from an international perspective has predominantly been
constructed as a problematized entity. Conversely the revisionist viewpoint highlights
the imperative to understand the subjective views and perspectives of these young
parents in their social context and its influence as that of either enabler or constraint.
Underpinned by Heidegger's phenomenological philosophy this paper explores 'being
in the world' of the Irish adolescent parent. Drawing on qualitative interviews we reveal
Irish adolescent parents' sense of personal and social self is influenced by ideological
societal norms, values and beliefs. What these young Irish parents want is a supportive
context that provides them with the opportunity to achieve their personal goals and
ambitions. What they clearly do not want is to be viewed of as too young to be a parent
or different from other parents.