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Sheila

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FEW RESOURCES

SINGLE MOTHER

LOW SELF ESTEEM

ABANDONED EDUCATION PATHWAY

DETERMINATION

INDEPENDENCE

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THE BASICS

Sex:

Female

Location:

NI

Interview age:

16-20

Class:

WC

Ethnicity:

White Caucasian

Sheila’s parents split up when she was about ten years old. There was very little money in the household of which Sheila was very much aware. She was teased at school for the clothes she wore and was shy and withdrawn, hiding behind her glasses and long hair. She was, however, ambitions when we first met – determined to get an education, to have a professional career, and to leave the housing estate, and relative poverty, she was brought up in. Her family survived on benefits, her mother always struggling to get by. Sheila was always resourceful and determined; she earned her own pocket money by babysitting and later on working in restaurants/bars. Her educational plans unravelled early on and she left school, and eventually college, with less qualifications than she hoped for. She became pregnant when she was 18, moved into her own rented house in the same estate as her mum, and channelled her energies to survival as a single parent. Her own family, especially her mother, remained very supportive, babysitting for her while she went out to work. Becoming a parent made Sheila think again about her work ambitions and earning potential and prompted her to reconsider education and training.

 

Sheila’s Data

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INTERVIEWS

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Date

Age

Interviewer

1.

NA

NA

NA

2.

01.06.99

16

SMG

3.

15.03.00

16

SMG

4.

23.02.01

17

SMG

5.

10.02.03

19

SMG

6.

05.04.04

20

SMG

OTHER DATA

Focus Group 09/01/98

Questionnnaire 1

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