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Adolescent motherhood. Comparison of outcome with older mothers.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6693346     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The purpose of this study was to determine whether there were differences in maternal role attainment behaviors for three age groups (15-19, 20-29, 30-42 years) of 294 first-time mothers over a 1-year period. Interviews and questionnaires were completed at early postpartum, 1, 4, 8, and 12 months. Findings are in agreement with more recent research that the health status of adolescent mothers and their infants does not differ greatly from that of older mothers during the first year of motherhood. The adolescent's infant's growth and development were not handicapped. There were no group differences in feelings of love for the infant. The adolescent mother consistently scored lower than older mothers on observed and self-rated maternal competency behaviors. The adolescent mother derived greater gratification in the mothering role than older mothers through 8 months; at 12 months, the 20-29-year-old mother scored higher in gratification. The help received from the adolescent's mother declined at 8 and 12 months suggesting an increased need for social support from other sources at this time.
R T Mercer; K C Hackley; A Bostrom
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of adolescent health care : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine     Volume:  5     ISSN:  0197-0070     ISO Abbreviation:  J Adolesc Health Care     Publication Date:  1984 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1984-02-28     Completed Date:  1984-02-28     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8100395     Medline TA:  J Adolesc Health Care     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  7-13     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Child Development*
Gender Identity
Infant Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
Infant, Newborn
Maternal Age*
Maternal Behavior*
Mother-Child Relations*
Pregnancy in Adolescence*
Socioeconomic Factors

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