Adolescent Mothers' Lived Experiences of Caring for their Children while Living in a Shelter

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/154342
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Presentation
Title:
Adolescent Mothers' Lived Experiences of Caring for their Children while Living in a Shelter
Abstract:
Adolescent Mothers' Lived Experiences of Caring for their Children while Living in a Shelter
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2006
Author:Meadows-Oliver, Mikki, MSN, MPH
P.I. Institution Name:Yale University School of Nursing
Title:Lecturer
Purpose: This study researched the lived experiences of homeless teenage mothers (HTM) caring for their children while living in a shelter. Method: A descriptive phenomenological design was used to discover participants' meanings of their experiences. A purposive sample of 8 HTM participated in the study. The participants were between 18-19 years of age and were of African-American and Hispanic ethnicity. Each mother was interviewed once and the interviews were transcribed verbatim. The procedural guidelines of Colazzai (1978) were used to analyze the data. Results: Six themes emerged from the in-depth interviews: 1) Reasons for Being Homeless - The HTM recounted the events, such as conflicts with family members and boyfriends, that led to them becoming homeless with their children; 2) Regretting Choices - The HTM blamed themselves for making the "wrong choices" in life that led to them being homeless; 3 ) "It's Stressful" - The HTM revealed that caring for children while living in a shelter was stressful; 4) "Acting Out"- They shared stories of how their children's behavior worsened since moving to the shelter; 5) Conflict - In addition to the other stressors that they faced at the shelter, the HTM frequently had conflicts with other mothers in the shelter; and 6) Avoiding the Shelter - To counteract the stressors in the shelter environment, the HTM recounted that they avoided being in the shelter whenever possible. Conclusions: This study shed light on HTM experiences of caring for their children while living in a shelter. Nurses working with homeless families may help these mothers by providing support and referring homeless adolescent mothers to the appropriate resources for assistance in dealing with their multiple stressors and any mental health issues. Nurses can also be a referral source for resources that will aid in finding stable housing for HTM and their children.
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.titleAdolescent Mothers' Lived Experiences of Caring for their Children while Living in a Shelteren_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/154342-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Adolescent Mothers' Lived Experiences of Caring for their Children while Living in a Shelter</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">2006</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Meadows-Oliver, Mikki, MSN, MPH</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Yale University School of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Lecturer</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">mikki.meadows-oliver@yale.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Purpose: This study researched the lived experiences of homeless teenage mothers (HTM) caring for their children while living in a shelter. Method: A descriptive phenomenological design was used to discover participants' meanings of their experiences. A purposive sample of 8 HTM participated in the study. The participants were between 18-19 years of age and were of African-American and Hispanic ethnicity. Each mother was interviewed once and the interviews were transcribed verbatim. The procedural guidelines of Colazzai (1978) were used to analyze the data. Results: Six themes emerged from the in-depth interviews: 1) Reasons for Being Homeless - The HTM recounted the events, such as conflicts with family members and boyfriends, that led to them becoming homeless with their children; 2) Regretting Choices - The HTM blamed themselves for making the &quot;wrong choices&quot;&nbsp;in life that led to them being homeless; 3 ) &quot;It's Stressful&quot; - The HTM revealed that caring for children while living in a shelter was stressful; 4) &quot;Acting Out&quot;- They shared stories of how their children's behavior worsened since moving to the shelter; 5) Conflict - In addition to the other stressors that they faced at the shelter, the HTM frequently had conflicts with other mothers in the shelter; and 6) Avoiding the Shelter - To counteract the stressors in the shelter environment, the HTM recounted that they avoided being in the shelter whenever possible. Conclusions: This study shed light on HTM experiences of caring for their children while living in a shelter. Nurses working with homeless families may help these mothers by providing support and referring homeless adolescent mothers to the appropriate resources for assistance in dealing with their multiple stressors and any mental health issues. Nurses can also be a referral source for resources that will aid in finding stable housing for HTM and their children.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T12:55:32Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T12:55:32Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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