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TitleMaternal adjustment and maternal attitudes in adolescent and adult pregnant women
Author(s)Figueiredo, Bárbara
Tendais, Iva
Dias, Cláudia Castro
KeywordsAdolescent mothers
Maternal adjustment
Maternal attitudes
Parenthood
Pregnancy
MAMA questionnaire
Issue dateAug-2014
PublisherElsevier
JournalJournal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
Abstract(s)Study Objective: This study analyzes differences between adolescent and adult pregnant women and the contribution of maternal age to maternal adjustment and maternal attitudes during pregnancy. Design, Setting, and Participants: A sample of 398 Portuguese pregnant women (111 younger than 19 years) was recruited in a Portuguese Maternity Hospital and completed the Maternal Adjustment and Maternal Attitudes Questionnaire between the 24th and 36th weeks of gestation. Main Outcome Measures: Maternal Adjustment and Maternal Attitudes Questionnaire. Results: Adolescent pregnant women show lower maternal adjustment (poorer body image and worse marital relationship) and poorer maternal attitudes (more negative attitudes to sex) than adult pregnant women. When controlling for socio-demographics, age at pregnancy predicts poorer body image and more negative attitudes to sex, but not a worse marital relationship, more somatic symptoms or negative attitudes to pregnancy and the baby. A worse marital relationship was better predicted by living without the partner, and more somatic symptoms and negative attitudes to pregnancy and the baby was predicted by higher education. Conclusion: Adolescent pregnant women show lower maternal adjustment and poorer maternal attitudes than adult pregnant women according to socio-demographics and unfavorable developmental circumstances.
TypeArticle
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/1822/41445
DOI10.1016/j.jpag.2013.09.014
ISSN1083-3188
Peer-Reviewedyes
AccessOpen access
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