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Social support and outcome in teenage pregnancy.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2313076     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
This paper presents information on the role and significance of social support for the occurrence of health and birth problems among adolescent mothers and their babies. Pregnant teenagers (N = 268) were interviewed during the course of pregnancy and again approximately four weeks after delivery, and hospital records were abstracted. The significance of family support, friend support, and partner support, assessed during the pregnancy, were examined in relation to infant and mother outcomes assessed at or after the birth. Infant outcome was indexed by birth weight, with gestational age controlled; mother outcome in terms of psychological adaptation was indexed by depressive symptomatology among adolescent mothers. Socioeconomic background was found to influence relationships between social support and both infant and mother outcomes.
This paper presents information on the role and significance of social support for the occurrence of health and birth problems among adolescent mothers and their babies. Pregnant teenagers (N=268) were interviewed during the course of pregnancy and again approximately 4 weeks after delivery, and hospital records were abstracted. The significance of family support, friend support, and partner support, assessed during the pregnancy, were examined in relation to infant and mother outcomes assessed at or after the birth. Family support is significantly associated with birth weight. A high percentage of teenage mothers tend to experience depressive symptomatology after the birth, although those teens living with their parents score lower depression scores than others. Social support did not appear to be significantly associated with life stress, which tends to negate the buffering hypothesis which states that social support buffers the consequences of stress, thereby facilitating health and well-being. Infant outcome was indexed by birth weight, with gestational age controlled; mother outcome in terms of psychological adaptation was indexed by depressive symptomatology among adolescent mothers.
Authors:
R J Turner; C F Grindstaff; N Phillips
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of health and social behavior     Volume:  31     ISSN:  0022-1465     ISO Abbreviation:  J Health Soc Behav     Publication Date:  1990 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1990-04-19     Completed Date:  1990-04-19     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0103130     Medline TA:  J Health Soc Behav     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  43-57     Citation Subset:  IM; J    
Affiliation:
Department of Sociology, University of Toronto, Ontario.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adaptation, Psychological
Adolescent
Birth Weight
Depressive Disorder / epidemiology
Female
Humans
Ontario / epidemiology
Pregnancy
Pregnancy Outcome*
Pregnancy in Adolescence*
Puerperal Disorders / epidemiology
Social Environment*
Social Support*
Socioeconomic Factors

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