Advancing Adolescent Maternal Development: A Grounded Theory

Leah D. Atkinson, Cynthia J. Peden-McAlpine

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This paper reports a substantive grounded theory called the theory of Advancing Adolescent Maternal Development. Design: A grounded theory approach was used. Sample: Thirty public health nurses working with adolescent clients in a state public health nurse home visiting program volunteered to participate in this study. Results: The basic social psychological problem that emerged from the data was incomplete and at risk adolescent maternal development. Social support and public health nursing interventions are central in the problem resolution process which occurs in stages. Conclusions: Study results can be used to inform the nursing care of pregnant and parenting adolescents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)168-176
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of pediatric nursing
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2014

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  • Adolescent parents
  • Grounded theory
  • Pregnancy in adolescence
  • Prevention
  • Public health nursing
  • Qualitative research


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