Contextual Features of the Experience of Spiritual Connectedness for Adolescent Mothers

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/155174
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Contextual Features of the Experience of Spiritual Connectedness for Adolescent Mothers
Abstract:
Contextual Features of the Experience of Spiritual Connectedness for Adolescent Mothers
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2009
Author:Burns, Vicki Ellison
P.I. Institution Name:University of Louisville
Title:Assistant Professor
[Research Presentation] Purpose: The purpose of this phenomenological study was to describe teen mothers' experience of spiritual connectedness and identify its contextual features. Most scholars who have studied issues relevant to the lives of teen parents have used quantitative methods and measured empirical constructs. This work represents a fresh perspective on these teens' experiences. Methods:   A Husserlian, descriptive phenomenological method was used for data gathering and data analysis. Prior to data-gathering, literature about teen parenting and also about the spiritual component of health and wellness was reviewed and set aside to enable a more direct focus on data. Parental consent for participation was obtained for participants under 18. Of the 10 participants (aged 15 to 19 years), all had at least one living child. Each participant took part in three audio-taped interviews. Results: From the data, four key contextual features of the participants' experiences were intuited: (a) finding comfort in community,(b)drawing on the faith of others, (c) leaning on the wisdom of other mothers, and (d) engaging in ritual as a source of strength. Conclusion: Because a sense of spiritual well-being has been associated with positive outcomes in a number of vulnerable populations, the findings offer a potential source of guidance for practitioners who work to decrease barriers and improve outcomes among teen mothers and their offspring. The data also are suggestive of the need for spiritual assessment as part of an overall program of care for this population.
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.titleContextual Features of the Experience of Spiritual Connectedness for Adolescent Mothersen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/155174-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Contextual Features of the Experience of Spiritual Connectedness for Adolescent Mothers</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">2009</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Burns, Vicki Ellison</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Louisville</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">burnsvicki@yahoo.com</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Research Presentation] Purpose: The purpose of this phenomenological study was to describe teen mothers' experience of spiritual connectedness and identify its contextual features. Most scholars who have studied issues relevant to the lives of teen parents have used quantitative methods and measured empirical constructs. This work represents a fresh perspective on these teens' experiences. Methods: &nbsp; A Husserlian, descriptive phenomenological method was used for data gathering and data analysis. Prior to data-gathering, literature about teen parenting and also about the spiritual component of health and wellness was reviewed and set aside to enable a more direct focus on data. Parental consent for participation was obtained for participants under 18. Of the 10 participants (aged 15 to 19 years), all had at least one living child. Each participant took part in three audio-taped interviews. Results: From the data, four key contextual features of the participants' experiences were intuited: (a) finding comfort in community,(b)drawing on the faith of others, (c) leaning on the wisdom of other mothers, and (d) engaging in ritual as a source of strength. Conclusion: Because a sense of spiritual well-being has been associated with positive outcomes in a number of vulnerable populations, the findings offer a potential source of guidance for practitioners who work to decrease barriers and improve outcomes among teen mothers and their offspring. The data also are suggestive of the need for spiritual assessment as part of an overall program of care for this population.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T13:36:20Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T13:36:20Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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