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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/158579
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Redefining Family for Low-Income, Unmarried, African American Adolescent Parents
Abstract:
Redefining Family for Low-Income, Unmarried, African American Adolescent Parents
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2002
Author:Dallas, Constance
P.I. Institution Name:University of Illinois at Chicago
Title:Assistant Professor
Contact Address:College of Nursing, 845 South Damen Avenue, M/C 802, 854 NURS, Chicago, IL, 60612, USA
Contact Telephone:312.413.7859
Most research on adolescent pregnancy provides little information about how families respond to the challenges of unmarried adolescent parenthood and how culture might affect their responses. According to family systems theory, family members are interdependent and may need to redefine themselves in response to the behaviors of individual members. This paper will describe how mothers of unmarried, low-income, African American adolescent parents redefine their families in response to adolescent parenthood. This descriptive study used a qualitative approach to guide data collection and analysis. A total of 20 low-income, African American women, nine paternal (mothers of adolescent fathers) grandmothers and eleven maternal (mothers of adolescent mothers) grandmothers were recruited over a 6-month period using a variety of recruitment strategies. The techniques used to analyze the interview transcripts were based on the three principles of qualitative data analysis of data reduction, data display, and conclusion drawing. The findings of this study suggest that within African American culture, paternal grandmothers and maternal grandmothers face three important tasks in redefining their families in response to the birth of a baby to adolescent parents. Those tasks are 1) determining who will be the primary caregiver for the baby; 2) deciding whether to include the family of the other adolescent parent as part of their extended family boundaries; and 3) socializing adolescent parents to their parenting roles that are consistent with their families' expectations. Paternal and maternal grandmothers exert substantial influence on the parenting behaviors of unmarried, low-income, African American adolescent parents. Knowing how low-income, African American families respond to unmarried parenthood among their adolescent children can help service providers develop culturally competent interventions for these families. Additional research is needed to determine how these processes actually occur over time within these families.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleRedefining Family for Low-Income, Unmarried, African American Adolescent Parentsen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/158579-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Redefining Family for Low-Income, Unmarried, African American Adolescent Parents</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2002</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Dallas, Constance</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Illinois at Chicago</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Assistant Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">College of Nursing, 845 South Damen Avenue, M/C 802, 854 NURS, Chicago, IL, 60612, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">312.413.7859</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">dallascm@uic.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Most research on adolescent pregnancy provides little information about how families respond to the challenges of unmarried adolescent parenthood and how culture might affect their responses. According to family systems theory, family members are interdependent and may need to redefine themselves in response to the behaviors of individual members. This paper will describe how mothers of unmarried, low-income, African American adolescent parents redefine their families in response to adolescent parenthood. This descriptive study used a qualitative approach to guide data collection and analysis. A total of 20 low-income, African American women, nine paternal (mothers of adolescent fathers) grandmothers and eleven maternal (mothers of adolescent mothers) grandmothers were recruited over a 6-month period using a variety of recruitment strategies. The techniques used to analyze the interview transcripts were based on the three principles of qualitative data analysis of data reduction, data display, and conclusion drawing. The findings of this study suggest that within African American culture, paternal grandmothers and maternal grandmothers face three important tasks in redefining their families in response to the birth of a baby to adolescent parents. Those tasks are 1) determining who will be the primary caregiver for the baby; 2) deciding whether to include the family of the other adolescent parent as part of their extended family boundaries; and 3) socializing adolescent parents to their parenting roles that are consistent with their families' expectations. Paternal and maternal grandmothers exert substantial influence on the parenting behaviors of unmarried, low-income, African American adolescent parents. Knowing how low-income, African American families respond to unmarried parenthood among their adolescent children can help service providers develop culturally competent interventions for these families. Additional research is needed to determine how these processes actually occur over time within these families.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T21:11:41Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T21:11:41Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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