Bodies as evidence: Mapping new terrain for teen pregnancy and parenting

Aline C. Gubrium, Alice Fiddian-Green, Kasey Jernigan, Elizabeth L. Krause
2016 Global Public Health  
Predominant approaches to teen pregnancy focus on decreasing numbers of teen mothers, babies born to them, and state dollars spent to support their families. This overshadows the structural violence interwoven into daily existence for these young parents. This paper argues for the increased use of participatory visual methods to compliment traditional research methods in shifting notions of what counts as evidence in response to teen pregnancy and parenting. We present the methods and results
more » ... om a body mapping workshop as part of 'Hear Our Stories: Diasporic Youth for Sexual Rights and Justice', a project that examines structural barriers faced by young parenting Latinas and seeks to develop relevant messaging and programming to support and engage youth. Body mapping, as an engaging, innovative participatory visual methodology, involves young parenting women and other marginalised populations in drawing out a deeper understanding of sexual health inequities. Our findings highlight the ways body mapping elicits bodies as evidence to understand young motherhood and wellbeing. ARTICLE HISTORY
doi:10.1080/17441692.2016.1143522 pmid:26895231 fatcat:rzaitkn545b63iib6qw7z6qfxu