Homeless Adolescent Mothers: A Metasynthesis of Their Life Experiences

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)340-349
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of pediatric nursing
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics


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