The purpose of this article was to synthesize the findings of six qualitative studies on homeless adolescent mothers. Metasynthesis was conducted using the meta-ethnographic approach of Noblit and Hare [Noblit, G., & Hare, R. (1988). Meta-ethnography: Synthesizing qualitative studies. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications]. Six reciprocal translations illuminating the experiences of homeless adolescent mothers emerged: being homeless, enduring abuse, lamenting lost years, searching for support, recreating self, and seeking a better life. The findings may be used by nurses working with this population as the basis for a framework of intervention strategies directed toward helping these mothers cope with their dual transitions into motherhood and adulthood while simultaneously being homeless.
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