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The experience of mothers caring for their teenage daughters' young children

N Modungwa, M Poggenpoel, A Gmeiner
Curationis | Vol 23, No 3 | a706 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v23i3.706 | © 2000 N Modungwa, M Poggenpoel, A Gmeiner | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 September 2000 | Published: 27 September 2000

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N Modungwa, Rand Afrikaans University
M Poggenpoel, Rand Afrikaans University, South Africa
A Gmeiner, Rand Afrikaans University, South Africa

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was firstly to explore and describe the experiences of mothers who are looking after their teenage daughters’ young children. Secondly, to formulate guidelines (based on the results obtained) for psychiatric nurses in assisting these mothers to mobilise resources in order to promote, maintain and restore their mental health as an integral part of health. An exploratory, descriptive, contextual and qualitative design was used and Guba’s model for ensuring trustworthiness in qualitative research was applied. The phenomenological approach was used to collect and analyse data from a sample of seven respondents who were purposively selected. Three independent themes emerged from the analysis of results: Meaning of the parenting role, life-style changes and support systems. The results further show that for these mothers the problem of teenage pregnancy and parenthood ends up being their problem. Their experiences in looking after these babies, although sometimes fulfilling and meaningful, are most of the time stressful. This has implications on their mental health. Guidelines are recommended in order to facilitate these mothers to mobilise their resources for mental health.

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