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Sociodemographic background, lifestyle and psychosocial conditions of Swedish teenage mothers and their perception of health and social support during pregnancy and childbirth.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18539696     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
AIM: Among Swedish pregnant teenage girls it is unusual to continue pregnancy and to choose to have a baby. Swedish teenage mothers can therefore be expected to differ from adult mothers, at a group level. The aim of this study was to describe and compare teenage mothers who were giving birth in hospital with adult mothers as to sociodemographic background, perception of health and social support. METHODS: A descriptive comparative study was conducted over one year, in a county in south-western Sweden, which comprised a group of all teenage mothers aged 15-19, who gave birth at hospital (study group n=97) and the same number of adult mothers aged 25-29, matched for parity and birth of a baby closest to the index mother (reference group). Both groups answered a questionnaire regarding sociodemographic variables, lifestyle, health, self-esteem, depressive symptoms, and support. Information on the mothers' pregnancy and delivery was obtained from their maternal health and delivery charts. RESULTS: Teenage mothers had more often been exposed to a difficult family situation, had more often experienced school failure than adult mothers, and showed health-risk behavior. Teenage mothers perceived less support, had lower self-esteem, and more depressive symptoms than adult mothers. CONCLUSIONS: Teenage mothers differed from adult mothers regarding family situation and health behavior as well as perception of support, self-esteem, and depressive symptoms, which may negatively influence their ability to cope with parenthood. Efforts should be made early in pregnancy to meet both health and support needs of teenage mothers.
Authors:
Elisabeth Hertfelt Wahn; Eva Nissen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Scandinavian journal of public health     Volume:  36     ISSN:  1403-4948     ISO Abbreviation:  Scand J Public Health     Publication Date:  2008 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-06-09     Completed Date:  2008-08-26     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100883503     Medline TA:  Scand J Public Health     Country:  Sweden    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  415-23     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Woman and Child Health, Division of Reproductive and Perinatal Health Care, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. wahn@telia.com
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adolescent
Adult
Depression, Postpartum / diagnosis
Female
Health Behavior
Humans
Life Style*
Maternal Welfare
Mothers / psychology*
Pregnancy
Pregnancy in Adolescence / psychology*
Pregnancy, Unplanned / psychology
Questionnaires
Self Concept
Social Support
Socioeconomic Factors*
Sweden

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