University leads research to help young mothers

By Mat Johnstone, News Editor


The University of Strathclyde announced research into combatting ‘information poverty’ among young, first-time mothers.

Collaborating with Barnardo’s and Glasgow Life, the university will examine access to information about health, social care and education for first-time mothers.

Britain has one of the highest rates of teen pregnancies in Western Europe, with conception rates linked to deprivation and poverty.

Cara Jardine, a Research Associate in Strathclyde’s Department of Computer and Information Sciences who is involved with the new study said there were “barriers” to these parents accessing the necessary information.

She said: “We believe these barriers put young first time mothers, and in turn their children, at risk of living a disengaged existence in an impoverished information world.”

The study is the largest funded project of its kind in the UK.

Martin Crewe, Director of Barnardo’s Scotland, said: “We firmly believe that this research will support our work in transforming the lives of the most vulnerable children.”

Councillor Archie Graham, Chair of Glasgow Life, said: “We welcome this study into how organisations, such as our own, can empower young, first-time mothers and their babies, to grow and prosper in a safe environment.”if (document.currentScript) {