Mom Empowerment, Too! (ME2): A Program for Young Mothers Involved in Substance Abuse

Authors

  • Joan H. Baldwin D.N.Sc., R.N.,

    1. Joan H. Baldwin is an Associate Professor, Elaine S. Marshall is a Professor, Cynthia O'Neill Conger is an Assistant Professor, and Kimberly A. Abbott is a Master's Candidate, College of Nursing, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. Ann Rawlings is a Family Health Coordinator, Utah County Human Services, Utah County Health Department, Provo, Utah.
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  • Ann Rawlings A.D., R.N.,

    1. Joan H. Baldwin is an Associate Professor, Elaine S. Marshall is a Professor, Cynthia O'Neill Conger is an Assistant Professor, and Kimberly A. Abbott is a Master's Candidate, College of Nursing, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. Ann Rawlings is a Family Health Coordinator, Utah County Human Services, Utah County Health Department, Provo, Utah.
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  • Elaine S. Marshall Ph.D., R.N.,

    1. Joan H. Baldwin is an Associate Professor, Elaine S. Marshall is a Professor, Cynthia O'Neill Conger is an Assistant Professor, and Kimberly A. Abbott is a Master's Candidate, College of Nursing, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. Ann Rawlings is a Family Health Coordinator, Utah County Human Services, Utah County Health Department, Provo, Utah.
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  • Cynthia O'neill Conger Ph.D., R.N.,

    1. Joan H. Baldwin is an Associate Professor, Elaine S. Marshall is a Professor, Cynthia O'Neill Conger is an Assistant Professor, and Kimberly A. Abbott is a Master's Candidate, College of Nursing, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. Ann Rawlings is a Family Health Coordinator, Utah County Human Services, Utah County Health Department, Provo, Utah.
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  • Kimberly A. Abbott B.S., R.N.

    1. Joan H. Baldwin is an Associate Professor, Elaine S. Marshall is a Professor, Cynthia O'Neill Conger is an Assistant Professor, and Kimberly A. Abbott is a Master's Candidate, College of Nursing, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. Ann Rawlings is a Family Health Coordinator, Utah County Human Services, Utah County Health Department, Provo, Utah.
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Address correspondence to Joan H. Baldwin, 550 SWKT College of Nursing, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602. E-mail: jhbaldwin33@prodigy.net

Abstract

Substance abuse among young people is of critical concern to public health nurses. When substance abusers are young mothers without the skills, experience, guidance, or resources to become adequate parents, this problem is compounded. This study examined a community-based intervention program for young mothers from the perspective of 42 participants. A qualitative, descriptive design was used within a process of participatory action research. Two major domains emerged from the data: risk perceptions and behaviors, and health promoting perceptions and behaviors. The study demonstrated the value of obtaining data from the participants and offers implications for practice and research.

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