Resilience, Violence, and Early Pregnancy: A Qualitative Study of the Processes Used by Young Mothers to Overcome Adversities (2016)

This 2016 qualitative exploratory study, examines a purposive sample of 10 resilient mothers who gave birth as adolescents in a situation of intimate partner violence. The resilience pathway of the participating mothers began with the occurrence of the adversities addressed in this study, namely, early pregnancy combined with intimate partner violence. To overcome these adversities, the participants deployed several protective processes: (a) establishing their maternal identity and the creation of a bond with the child as a turning point, (b) taking an active stance to respond to victimization, and (c) acting proactively and adjusting to motherhood.