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|Title: ||Negotiating the transition from adolescence to motherhood: Coping with prenatal and parenting stress in teenage mothers in Mulago hospital, Uganda|
|Authors: ||Kaye, Dan K.|
|Issue Date: ||2008 |
|Publisher: ||BioMed Central|
|Citation: ||Kaye, D.K. (2008). Negotiating the transition from adolescence to motherhood: Coping with prenatal and parenting stress in teenage mothers in Mulago hospital, Uganda. BMC Public Health, 8(23)|
|Abstract: ||Background: Adolescence is a transitional stage from childhood to adulthood that is
characterized by physical, physiological, psychosocial and behavioral changes that are influenced to
a large extent by the age, culture and socialization of the individual. To explore what adolescent
mothers perceive as their struggles during the period of transition from childhood to parenthood
(through motherhood) and to describe strategies employed in coping with stress of pregnancy,
motherhood and parenthood.
Methods: Longitudinal qualitative study involving twenty two in-depth interviews and six focus
group discussions among pregnant adolescents who were followed from pregnant to delivery, from
January 2004 to August 2005. Participant were selected by theoretical sampling and data was
analyzed using grounded theory.
Results: Overall, young adolescents reported more anxiety, loss of self esteem (when they
conceived), difficulty in accessing financial, moral and material support from parents or partners and
stigmatization by health workers when they sought care from health facilities. Three strategies by
which adolescent mothers cope with parenting and pregnancy stress that were described as
utilizing opportunities (thriving), accommodating the challenges (bargaining and surviving), or failure
(despairing), and varied in the extent to which they enabled adolescents to cope with the stress.
Conclusion: Adolescents on the transition to motherhood have variable needs and aspirations
and utilize different strategies to cope with the stress of pregnancy and parenthood.|
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