Research Article| Volume 29, ISSUE 2, P168-176, March 2014

Advancing Adolescent Maternal Development: A Grounded Theory

Published:September 16, 2013DOI:


      This paper reports a substantive grounded theory called the theory of Advancing Adolescent Maternal Development.


      A grounded theory approach was used.


      Thirty public health nurses working with adolescent clients in a state public health nurse home visiting program volunteered to participate in this study.


      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.


      Study results can be used to inform the nursing care of pregnant and parenting adolescents.

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