Sources of Stress and Support and Maternal Resources of Homeless Teenage Mothers
Article first published online: 26 JUN 2007
Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing
Volume 20, Issue 2, pages 116–125, May 2007
How to Cite
Meadows-Oliver, M., Sadler, L. S., Swartz, M. K. and Ryan-Krause, P. (2007), Sources of Stress and Support and Maternal Resources of Homeless Teenage Mothers. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 20: 116–125. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6171.2007.00093.x
- Issue published online: 26 JUN 2007
- Article first published online: 26 JUN 2007
- adolescent mothers;
- social support
PROBLEM: Homeless families headed by young mothers are increasing. This preliminary study describes the characteristics of 17 homeless teenage mothers (HTM).
METHODS: HTMs completed questionnaires researching depression, self-esteem, maternal competence, and sources of stress and support.
FINDINGS: HTMs had positive maternal competence and self-esteem scores. When compared to housed mothers, HTMs were younger, had more depressive symptoms and negative life events, and fewer social supports.
CONCLUSIONS: HTMs represent a high-risk group with fewer available supports and many complex life stressors. School-based programs can benefit HTMs by offering support, helping them continue their education, and assisting with on-site school-based childcare.