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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/148364
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Adolescents’ Perception of Mothering and Social Support
Abstract:
Adolescents’ Perception of Mothering and Social Support
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2001
Conference Date:November 10 - 14, 2001
Author:Kenty, Janet
P.I. Institution Name:University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth
Title:Assistant Professor
Objective: Although 890,000 teens become mothers each year and pregnant and parenting adolescents have been widely studied, there are few self-reports about teens’ mothering experience and the contribution of socially supportive interventions. Therefore, this study explored adolescents’ mothering experience and the contribution that home and school supports played in facilitating the transition to motherhood. Design: This qualitative study addressed two research questions: 1) How do adolescents perceive their mothering experience? And 2) What types of social support from home and from a school-based pregnant and parenting program do adolescent mothers find to be most helpful? Sample and Setting: All first-time adolescent mothers enrolled in a school-based pregnant and parenting program were invited to participate if they spoke and understood English. Ten adolescents met the inclusion criteria and six volunteered to participate. Participants’ ages ranged from 15 to 19 years. All of the teens had uncomplicated perinatal experiences and delivered healthy, term newborns by vaginal birth within the past nine months. Measures/Instruments/Concepts: A researcher-designed, semi-structured interview guide comprised of broad, open-ended questions was used to explore participants’ mothering experience and the contribution of socially supportive interventions from home and school. Content and face validity of the interview guide were determined from the researcher’s experience, from salient issues identified in the literature, and from a review by two nursing research experts. This interview guide was refined after it was pilot tested on two adolescent mothers. Lasting approximately one hour, these interviews were audio-taped, transcribed verbatim, and analyzed using content analysis to identify themes of the a priori determined categories of mothering and social support. Findings: Four mothering themes, Role Development, Life Changes, Acceptance of the Infant, and Regrets/Missed Opportunities, and two social support themes, Tangible and Informational Support, emerged from the data. Teens indicated that Tangible Support (i.e., assistance with infant care and finances) was most helpful at home, while Tangible Support (i.e., the availability of day care, convenient scheduling, and transportation) and Informational Support (i.e., teaching related to infant care and infant growth and development) were most helpful at school. Conclusions: Findings offer insight into the complex phenomenon of teen mothering and the importance of socially supportive interventions in assisting teens to assimilate their mothering role. These teens had a stressful time transitioning to motherhood and the early mothering experience seemed more “like a dream” than a reality. Gradually, teens learned to accept and integrate their baby into their lives, to perceive their baby as “someone to love,” and to describe their baby using positive as well as negative terms. Implications: A deeper understanding of adolescents’ mothering experience and the important role of socially supportive interventions could heighten nurses’ sensitivity to the needs and concerns of young mothers. Teens in this study identified particular types of social support at home and at school as being critical in reducing mothering-related challenges. Therefore, nurses must carefully assess teens’ support systems and build a support system using community resources when necessary. To better assist teens to mature as young adults and as parents, nurses could consider expanding supportive interventions in school programs.
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.titleAdolescents’ Perception of Mothering and Social Supporten_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/148364-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Adolescents&rsquo; Perception of Mothering and Social Support</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">Kenty, Janet</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Assistant Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">jrkenty@aol.com</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Objective: Although 890,000 teens become mothers each year and pregnant and parenting adolescents have been widely studied, there are few self-reports about teens&rsquo; mothering experience and the contribution of socially supportive interventions. Therefore, this study explored adolescents&rsquo; mothering experience and the contribution that home and school supports played in facilitating the transition to motherhood. Design: This qualitative study addressed two research questions: 1) How do adolescents perceive their mothering experience? And 2) What types of social support from home and from a school-based pregnant and parenting program do adolescent mothers find to be most helpful? Sample and Setting: All first-time adolescent mothers enrolled in a school-based pregnant and parenting program were invited to participate if they spoke and understood English. Ten adolescents met the inclusion criteria and six volunteered to participate. Participants&rsquo; ages ranged from 15 to 19 years. All of the teens had uncomplicated perinatal experiences and delivered healthy, term newborns by vaginal birth within the past nine months. Measures/Instruments/Concepts: A researcher-designed, semi-structured interview guide comprised of broad, open-ended questions was used to explore participants&rsquo; mothering experience and the contribution of socially supportive interventions from home and school. Content and face validity of the interview guide were determined from the researcher&rsquo;s experience, from salient issues identified in the literature, and from a review by two nursing research experts. This interview guide was refined after it was pilot tested on two adolescent mothers. Lasting approximately one hour, these interviews were audio-taped, transcribed verbatim, and analyzed using content analysis to identify themes of the a priori determined categories of mothering and social support. Findings: Four mothering themes, Role Development, Life Changes, Acceptance of the Infant, and Regrets/Missed Opportunities, and two social support themes, Tangible and Informational Support, emerged from the data. Teens indicated that Tangible Support (i.e., assistance with infant care and finances) was most helpful at home, while Tangible Support (i.e., the availability of day care, convenient scheduling, and transportation) and Informational Support (i.e., teaching related to infant care and infant growth and development) were most helpful at school. Conclusions: Findings offer insight into the complex phenomenon of teen mothering and the importance of socially supportive interventions in assisting teens to assimilate their mothering role. These teens had a stressful time transitioning to motherhood and the early mothering experience seemed more &ldquo;like a dream&rdquo; than a reality. Gradually, teens learned to accept and integrate their baby into their lives, to perceive their baby as &ldquo;someone to love,&rdquo; and to describe their baby using positive as well as negative terms. Implications: A deeper understanding of adolescents&rsquo; mothering experience and the important role of socially supportive interventions could heighten nurses&rsquo; sensitivity to the needs and concerns of young mothers. Teens in this study identified particular types of social support at home and at school as being critical in reducing mothering-related challenges. Therefore, nurses must carefully assess teens&rsquo; support systems and build a support system using community resources when necessary. To better assist teens to mature as young adults and as parents, nurses could consider expanding supportive interventions in school programs.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T09:44:05Z-
dc.date.issued2001-11-10en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T09:44:05Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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