How Adolescent Mothers Feel About Becoming a Parent
The Journal of Perinatal Education, 19(2), 25- 34, January 2010
Josephine M. DeVito, Ph.D., R.N.
College of Nursing
The purpose of this study was to explore and better understand first-time adolescent mothers' meaning and experience of parenting during the 4-to-6-week postpartum period. A secondary content analysis was performed, using narrative data collected from a previously conducted study on factors that influence adolescent mothers' self-perceptions of parenting. Three themes emerged from the content analysis: “Being Caught Between Two Worlds,” “Feeling Alone and Desperate” and “If I Knew Then What I Know Now.” Findings revealed many adolescent mothers are unprepared for the demands of parenthood and, so, need extra guidance, instruction and support from health-care providers and educators.