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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/161576
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Adolescents' Experiences of Childbirth: "Nothing Is Simple"
Abstract:
Adolescents' Experiences of Childbirth: "Nothing Is Simple"
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2002
Author:Low, Lisa
P.I. Institution Name:University of Michigan
Title:Lecturer
Contact Address:School of Nursing, 400 North Ingalls Building, Rm 2160, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-0482, USA
Contact Telephone:734.647.0334
There were almost one half a million infants born to US adolescents in 1997. Yet limited investigations have been conducted regarding adolescents' experience of childbirth. Instead, models of care are based on research with adult women. This investigator conducted an exploratory, qualitative study of at risk adolescents who had recently given birth. A developmental conceptual framework was used to explore the affects of the dual developmental crisis of adolescence and parenthood. The specific aim was to explore the influence of childbirth on adolescent development. Twenty-five ethnically diverse adolescents between 13-18 years old were interviewed regarding their birth experiences. Interviews occurred within one week to 36 months after their first birth experience. A semi-structured face to face or phone interview was conducted. Extended case methodology was used which includes a process of interpretive analysis of the birth stories. Analysis of the meaning of the adolescents' birth experiences and their effect on their development revealed themes of regret, resignation, and transformation. Adolescents with negative birth experiences narrated stories of regret. Adolescents with positive birth experiences narrated stories of transformation. Throughout all of the birth stories the focus was the infant and impending responsibility of parenthood rather than on the process of giving birth. Adolescents described becoming adults through the process of giving birth due to the added responsibility of parenthood. This new responsibility was narrated as painful, but was something they took pride in addressing. Of significance were findings associating adolescents' positive birth experiences with positive psychosocial development. Thus a positive birth experience may yield beneficial personal outcomes for the adolescent e.g. positive self-esteem, which may improve other outcome measures such as school or college attendance. Further work regarding adolescents and childbirth should focus on testing models that implement positive care practices during childbirth that may promote adolescent development.
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.titleAdolescents' Experiences of Childbirth: "Nothing Is Simple"en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/161576-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Adolescents' Experiences of Childbirth: &quot;Nothing Is Simple&quot;</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">Low, Lisa</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Michigan</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Lecturer</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">School of Nursing, 400 North Ingalls Building, Rm 2160, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-0482, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">734.647.0334</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">kanelow@umich.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">There were almost one half a million infants born to US adolescents in 1997. Yet limited investigations have been conducted regarding adolescents' experience of childbirth. Instead, models of care are based on research with adult women. This investigator conducted an exploratory, qualitative study of at risk adolescents who had recently given birth. A developmental conceptual framework was used to explore the affects of the dual developmental crisis of adolescence and parenthood. The specific aim was to explore the influence of childbirth on adolescent development. Twenty-five ethnically diverse adolescents between 13-18 years old were interviewed regarding their birth experiences. Interviews occurred within one week to 36 months after their first birth experience. A semi-structured face to face or phone interview was conducted. Extended case methodology was used which includes a process of interpretive analysis of the birth stories. Analysis of the meaning of the adolescents' birth experiences and their effect on their development revealed themes of regret, resignation, and transformation. Adolescents with negative birth experiences narrated stories of regret. Adolescents with positive birth experiences narrated stories of transformation. Throughout all of the birth stories the focus was the infant and impending responsibility of parenthood rather than on the process of giving birth. Adolescents described becoming adults through the process of giving birth due to the added responsibility of parenthood. This new responsibility was narrated as painful, but was something they took pride in addressing. Of significance were findings associating adolescents' positive birth experiences with positive psychosocial development. Thus a positive birth experience may yield beneficial personal outcomes for the adolescent e.g. positive self-esteem, which may improve other outcome measures such as school or college attendance. Further work regarding adolescents and childbirth should focus on testing models that implement positive care practices during childbirth that may promote adolescent development. </td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T23:23:39Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T23:23:39Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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