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A comparative study of adoloscents’ perceived stress and health outcomes among adolescent mothers and their infants in Lesotho

E.M. Yako
Curationis | Vol 30, No 1 | a1035 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v30i1.1035 | © 2007 E.M. Yako | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 September 2007 | Published: 28 September 2007

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E.M. Yako, Department of Nursing Sciences, University of Fort Hare, South Africa

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to compare perceived stress in general, stress due to pregnancy, and post partum complications between a group of unmarried adolescent first-time mothers and a group of married adolescent first-time mothers. Never-pregnant adolescents served as a comparison group on perceived stress. Health outcomes of infants of the two groups of adolescent mothers were also compared on birth weight, nutritional status (weight gain) and immunization status.

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