Challenges Facing Emirati College Student Mothers Post Childbirth




Tennant, Lilly
Dickson, Martina

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Texas State University, Center for Diversity and Gender Studies


The vast majority of women in higher education in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are first generation college students and about over half of them are student mothers. The education of women has been the top priority of the UAE government. The intent of the study was to examine the needs and challenges of student mothers at a teacher education campus in Abu Dhabi. The research study, using a mixed methods approach, surveyed about 71 students and interviewed about 13 students, a representative sample of student mothers, about experiences after their return to college post childbirth. The findings of the study revealed the physical and academic challenges faced by the mothers and their ways of coping in order to pursue their education within the constraints of the college policies. Recommendations and implications for teacher education colleges are discussed.



mothers, preservice-teachers, higher education, post childbirth, United Arab Emirates


Tennant, L., & Dickson, M. (2019). Challenges facing Emirati College student mothers post childbirth. Journal of Research on Women and Gender, 9(1), pp. 76-90.


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