Perceptions of pregnant adolescents' images of their babies before and after realtime ultrasound fetal imaging examinations

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Perceptions of pregnant adolescents' images of their babies before and after realtime ultrasound fetal imaging examinations
Abstract:
Perceptions of pregnant adolescents' images of their babies before and after realtime ultrasound fetal imaging examinations
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:1991
Author:Colucciello, Margaret, PhD
P.I. Institution Name:University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, College of Nursing
Title:Director Graduate Program
Adolescent pregnancy is a socioeconomic problem with specific

implications for nursing. Each year more than 1 million American

teenagers become pregnant, one-half of whom give birth. Over a

million teenage mothers are rearing 1.3 million children (Speraw,

1987). The health care system must provide extensive support if

the adolescent mother and her child are to have the opportunity to

achieve their physical and psychosocial potential. All too often,

adolescents hold an unrealistic view of what birth and babies will

be like. David Elkind (1970) conceived of a developmental issue

which he termed the personal fable that adolescents face. This

personal fable or fantasy contributes to a lack of adequate

preparation for childbirth and childrearing. Little attention has

been given to the psychological impact of diagnostic ultrasound in

obstetrics, especially with pregnant adolescents in facilitating

the realism of their baby within.



The purpose of this study was to describe and compare pregnant

adolescents' perceptions of the images of their unborn babies prior

to and after realtime ultrasound fetal imaging as a factor in

enhancing mother/infant attachment during pregnancy and in

facilitating preparation for parenting. Four research questions

were posed in this quasi-experimental descriptive, comparative

study to ascertain whether or not differences in perception

occurred post-ultrasound: (1) How do adolescents imagine their

unborn babies to be like both before and after their realtime

ultrasound examinations? (2) Do the pregnant adolescents'

perceptions of their unborn babies change after viewing their

babies through a realtime sonogram? (3) How do pregnant adolescents

feel towards their unborn babies? and (4) Do the pregnant

adolescents' perceptions of their unborn babies' capabilities

change after the realtime ultrasound examinations? The Perceptions

of Fetal Images Pre-and Post-Ultrasound Questionnaire was developed

to respond to the research questions.



The convenient sample for this study consisted of ten primigravida,

unmarried pregnant adolescents, 20 years of age and younger. The

study, both quantitative and qualitative in nature, was conducted

in a Maternal/Fetal Medicine Clinic situated in a midwestern

hospital.



A t-test was conducted to analyze whether or not any significant

differences existed between the pre- and post-ultrasound scores.

Analysis revealed significant differences existed at the .03 level

of significance. The qualitative data was analyzed for recurrent

themes and categories in describing perceptions related to the

fetus. The qualitative data showed that the majority of the

adolescents exhibited a different perception, especially

kinesthetic characteristics, of their fetus post-ultrasound.

Nursing implications and recommendations for education and

counseling are indicated.



Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titlePerceptions of pregnant adolescents' images of their babies before and after realtime ultrasound fetal imaging examinationsen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/148512-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Perceptions of pregnant adolescents' images of their babies before and after realtime ultrasound fetal imaging examinations</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">1991</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Colucciello, Margaret, PhD</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, College of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Director Graduate Program</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Adolescent pregnancy is a socioeconomic problem with specific<br/><br/>implications for nursing. Each year more than 1 million American<br/><br/>teenagers become pregnant, one-half of whom give birth. Over a<br/><br/>million teenage mothers are rearing 1.3 million children (Speraw,<br/><br/>1987). The health care system must provide extensive support if<br/><br/>the adolescent mother and her child are to have the opportunity to<br/><br/>achieve their physical and psychosocial potential. All too often,<br/><br/>adolescents hold an unrealistic view of what birth and babies will<br/><br/>be like. David Elkind (1970) conceived of a developmental issue<br/><br/>which he termed the personal fable that adolescents face. This<br/><br/>personal fable or fantasy contributes to a lack of adequate<br/><br/>preparation for childbirth and childrearing. Little attention has<br/><br/>been given to the psychological impact of diagnostic ultrasound in<br/><br/>obstetrics, especially with pregnant adolescents in facilitating<br/><br/>the realism of their baby within.<br/><br/><br/><br/>The purpose of this study was to describe and compare pregnant<br/><br/>adolescents' perceptions of the images of their unborn babies prior<br/><br/>to and after realtime ultrasound fetal imaging as a factor in<br/><br/>enhancing mother/infant attachment during pregnancy and in<br/><br/>facilitating preparation for parenting. Four research questions<br/><br/>were posed in this quasi-experimental descriptive, comparative<br/><br/>study to ascertain whether or not differences in perception<br/><br/>occurred post-ultrasound: (1) How do adolescents imagine their<br/><br/>unborn babies to be like both before and after their realtime<br/><br/>ultrasound examinations? (2) Do the pregnant adolescents'<br/><br/>perceptions of their unborn babies change after viewing their<br/><br/>babies through a realtime sonogram? (3) How do pregnant adolescents<br/><br/>feel towards their unborn babies? and (4) Do the pregnant<br/><br/>adolescents' perceptions of their unborn babies' capabilities<br/><br/>change after the realtime ultrasound examinations? The Perceptions<br/><br/>of Fetal Images Pre-and Post-Ultrasound Questionnaire was developed<br/><br/>to respond to the research questions.<br/><br/><br/><br/>The convenient sample for this study consisted of ten primigravida,<br/><br/>unmarried pregnant adolescents, 20 years of age and younger. The<br/><br/>study, both quantitative and qualitative in nature, was conducted<br/><br/>in a Maternal/Fetal Medicine Clinic situated in a midwestern<br/><br/>hospital.<br/><br/><br/><br/>A t-test was conducted to analyze whether or not any significant<br/><br/>differences existed between the pre- and post-ultrasound scores.<br/><br/>Analysis revealed significant differences existed at the .03 level<br/><br/>of significance. The qualitative data was analyzed for recurrent<br/><br/>themes and categories in describing perceptions related to the<br/><br/>fetus. The qualitative data showed that the majority of the<br/><br/>adolescents exhibited a different perception, especially<br/><br/>kinesthetic characteristics, of their fetus post-ultrasound.<br/><br/>Nursing implications and recommendations for education and<br/><br/>counseling are indicated.<br/><br/><br/><br/></td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T09:46:16Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T09:46:16Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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