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Case Study of an Intervention to Enhance Maternal Sensitivity in Adolescent Mothers


  • The author reports no conflict of interest or relevant financial relationships.

Anne Scott Stiles, PhD, RN, Texas Woman's University College of Nursing, P.O. Box 425498, Denton, TX 76204-5498.


The purpose of this case study was to examine the efficacy of a teen parenting home intervention on maternal sensitivity in one teen mother/infant dyad by exploring the changes from pre- to postintervention in parenting stress, depression, and social support, all of which influence maternal sensitivity. Levels in all four variables of interest changed postintervention as predicted. Assessment and intervention related to maternal sensitivity should be incorporated into care of adolescent mothers in all settings.