Evid Based Nurs 4:60 doi:10.1136/ebn.4.2.60
  • Qualitative

Teenage mothers with oppressive pasts created new family caregiving traditions

 QUESTION: How do teenage mothers extend and develop family caregiving traditions?


Qualitative longitudinal study with data collected at baseline, 4, and 8 years.


A large metropolitan area on the west coast of the USA.


The original sample comprised 16 teenage mothers whose firstborn infants were 8–10 months of age and who had ≥1 parent who also agreed to participate. 8 years later, 11 of 16 families (23 participants) were interviewed (mean age of mothers 25 y; 7 white and 4 African-American).


Multiple individual and family interviews occurred at all 3 time periods. At 8 years, young parents were interviewed twice and grandparents were interviewed once. Participants were asked to describe what was meaningful and difficult in being a parent or grandparent and what had occurred in their lives during the previous 4 years. Interviews were tape recorded, transcribed verbatim, and analysed using the interpretive method. Original interviews from all 3 time periods were examined to capture transitions and continuities in the …

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