Sources of stress and support and maternal resources of homeless teenage mothers

Mikki Meadows-Oliver, Lois S. Sadler, Martha K. Swartz, Patricia Ryan-Krause

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PROBLEM: Homeless families headed by young mothers are increasing. This preliminary study describes the characteristics of 17 homeless teenage mothers (HTM). METHODS: HTMs completed questionnaires researching depression, self-esteem, maternal competence, and sources of stress and support. FINDINGS: HTMs had positive maternal competence and self-esteem scores. When compared to housed mothers, HTMs were younger, had more depressive symptoms and negative life events, and fewer social supports. CONCLUSIONS: HTMs represent a high-risk group with fewer available supports and many complex life stressors. School-based programs can benefit HTMs by offering support, helping them continue their education, and assisting with on-site school-based childcare.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)116-125
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2007


  • Adolescent mothers
  • Depression
  • Homeless
  • Social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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