Adolescent mothers’ experiences of feeling depressed after the birth of their babies

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/147476
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Presentation
Title:
Adolescent mothers’ experiences of feeling depressed after the birth of their babies
Abstract:
Adolescent mothers’ experiences of feeling depressed after the birth of their babies
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2001
Conference Date:November 10 - 14, 2001
Author:Clemmens, Donna
P.I. Institution Name:University of Connecticut
The aim of this research was to describe the experiences of adolescent mothers with feeling depressed following the birth of their babies. The severity of outcomes associated with the different forms of depression in adult women postpartum, and the risks associated with adolescent motherhood prompted an exploration into the phenomenon of feeling depressed as adolescent mothers. A descriptive phenomenological design, congruent with this aim, was employed. The purposive sample for this research included 20 English-speaking participants, between the ages of 16 and 18. Participants were recruited from vocational schools and adolescent parenting groups. The mothers were all attending school, with the majority living at home with their parents. In-depth, unstructured interviews were carried out in the various community or school settings. The researcher asked the participants to describe their experience of feeling depressed postpartum. Colaizzi’s descriptive, phenomenological method was used for data analysis with significant statements extracted from the transcribed interviews that pertained to the phenomenon, and formulated meanings written for each statement. Trustworthiness of the findings were established by considering such factors as credibility, auditability, and fittingness through consultations with experts in the field. The meanings were organized into six theme clusters: suddenly realizing motherhood; being pulled and torn between two realities; constantly questioning and trying to explain the unexplainable; everything falling down on you and around you; you’re changing and re-grouping, seeing a different future. The metaphor of being hit by a Nor’Easter storm emerged from the participants’ descriptions of their experiences and was threaded throughout the description of the themes. An exhaustive description of feeling depressed as an adolescent mother following the birth of her baby was reviewed by several of the participants with one change made. Implications for nursing practice included the importance of reaching out to adolescent mothers postpartum and over time to ensure that they remain connected to their peers and support systems. Research implications included the use of other qualitative and quantitative methods to further explore the impact of depression postpartum on adolescent mothers’, fathers’, and families’ lives.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
10-Nov-2001
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleAdolescent mothers’ experiences of feeling depressed after the birth of their babiesen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/147476-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Adolescent mothers&rsquo; experiences of feeling depressed after the birth of their babies</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2001</td></tr><tr class="item-conference-date"><td class="label">Conference Date:</td><td class="value">November 10 - 14, 2001</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Clemmens, Donna</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Connecticut</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">dcstamf@aol.com</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">The aim of this research was to describe the experiences of adolescent mothers with feeling depressed following the birth of their babies. The severity of outcomes associated with the different forms of depression in adult women postpartum, and the risks associated with adolescent motherhood prompted an exploration into the phenomenon of feeling depressed as adolescent mothers. A descriptive phenomenological design, congruent with this aim, was employed. The purposive sample for this research included 20 English-speaking participants, between the ages of 16 and 18. Participants were recruited from vocational schools and adolescent parenting groups. The mothers were all attending school, with the majority living at home with their parents. In-depth, unstructured interviews were carried out in the various community or school settings. The researcher asked the participants to describe their experience of feeling depressed postpartum. Colaizzi&rsquo;s descriptive, phenomenological method was used for data analysis with significant statements extracted from the transcribed interviews that pertained to the phenomenon, and formulated meanings written for each statement. Trustworthiness of the findings were established by considering such factors as credibility, auditability, and fittingness through consultations with experts in the field. The meanings were organized into six theme clusters: suddenly realizing motherhood; being pulled and torn between two realities; constantly questioning and trying to explain the unexplainable; everything falling down on you and around you; you&rsquo;re changing and re-grouping, seeing a different future. The metaphor of being hit by a Nor&rsquo;Easter storm emerged from the participants&rsquo; descriptions of their experiences and was threaded throughout the description of the themes. An exhaustive description of feeling depressed as an adolescent mother following the birth of her baby was reviewed by several of the participants with one change made. Implications for nursing practice included the importance of reaching out to adolescent mothers postpartum and over time to ensure that they remain connected to their peers and support systems. Research implications included the use of other qualitative and quantitative methods to further explore the impact of depression postpartum on adolescent mothers&rsquo;, fathers&rsquo;, and families&rsquo; lives.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T09:32:49Z-
dc.date.issued2001-11-10en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T09:32:49Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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