The purpose of this paper is to study how global crises can play a role in affecting young families. A comprehensive literature review of peer-reviewed journals was conducted to investigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on parenting teens. Existing evidence was gathered, examined, and analyzed to gain a better understanding of the circumstances young families have faced since early 2020. Results uncovered three themes, including impacts on ‘parents’, ‘children’, and ‘community supports’. The overall benefits and hardships experienced by adolescent parents throughout the pandemic were then synthesized to create an in-depth review with suggestions for future research.

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Master of Science in Education: Early Childhood Education

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Cindy Ryan

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Cindy Ryan

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Andrea Emerson

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Marie LeJeune


Young families, teen parents, COVID-19, community, early childhood



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Early Childhood Education

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