Adolescent mothers' perspectives regarding their own psychosocial and health needs: A qualitative exploratory study in Belgium.
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in Patient Education & Counseling (2010), 81(3), 448-53
OBJECTIVES: We looked at early pregnancy and parenthood as an opportunity to broaden our understanding of the reproductive health education needs met by adolescent girls. METHODS: We conducted an in-depth ... [more ▼]
OBJECTIVES: We looked at early pregnancy and parenthood as an opportunity to broaden our understanding of the reproductive health education needs met by adolescent girls. METHODS: We conducted an in-depth interview study with 12 adolescent mothers. RESULTS: To become a mother at a young age was perceived as meaningful to all the participants. The participants expressed a need to be addressed as adult parents, who want the best for their child. A variety of psychosocial and health needs emerged over a time span ranging from starting to be sexually active to after the child was born. Social isolation was found to be an important factor of vulnerability. CONCLUSION: The health needs of adolescent mothers extend well beyond counselling around the decision to continue or terminate pregnancy, and subsequent information on contraception methods to avoid further pregnancies. Adolescent mothers need to be supported in their transition to parenthood, and special care should be provided to girls who are socially isolated. PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: We identified several avenues for health education and counselling to adolescent mothers, from primary prevention to reduce incidence of early pregnancies to tertiary prevention to reduce negative health outcomes for both mother and child. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 18 (2 ULg)
La sante physique, mentale et les comportements de sante des adolescents immigrants de premiere generation.
Noirhomme-Renard, Florence ;
in Archives de Pédiatrie (2007), 14(8), 1020-7
The objectives of this article are to: a) review literature about physical, mental health and behaviors of first generation immigrant adolescents and its evolution; b) compare first and second generations ... [more ▼]
The objectives of this article are to: a) review literature about physical, mental health and behaviors of first generation immigrant adolescents and its evolution; b) compare first and second generations immigrant adolescents'health. Studies usually compare first generation and others adolescents groups: 1) first generation adolescents shows better physical health and behaviors than second generation; 2) first generation adolescents shows variable results for mental health compared to second generation and host adolescents according to the studies; 3) a degradation of physical health and behaviors is observed with the time passed in the host country. These results show necessity of a precocious evaluation of first generation adolescents' needs for a good planification of health promotion and prevention actions to preserve their health advantage at arrival. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 38 (2 ULg)
La qualité de vie des adolescents récemment immigrés en Belgique : une étude prospective menée en milieu scolaire
Renard, Florence ;
in Neuropsychiatrie de l'Enfance et de l'Adolescence (2006)Detailed reference viewed: 25 (15 ULg)
Une évaluation de la mise en oeuvre du décret de promotion de la santé à l'école
Vandoorne, Chantal ; Grignard, Sophie ; et al
in Education Santé (2005), (197), 11-14Detailed reference viewed: 22 (7 ULg)
Sante et qualite de vie des adolescents recemment immigres en Belgique: depistage et prevention en medecine scolaire.
Noirhomme-Renard, Florence ; ; et al
in Archives de Pédiatrie (2005), 12(10), 1471-7
OBJECTIVES: Little is known so far about the health of newly immigrant adolescents. The present study aimed to evaluate their health and quality of life (QoL) and to reinforce prevention and health ... [more ▼]
OBJECTIVES: Little is known so far about the health of newly immigrant adolescents. The present study aimed to evaluate their health and quality of life (QoL) and to reinforce prevention and health promotion in school medicine. METHODS: One hundred and fifty-eight adolescents (mean age: 15,4 years) from 37 nationalities were included in the study in two health centers in Brussels. This study was carried out by medical records analysis and administration of a questionnaire about health and QoL (VSP-A) in several languages. RESULTS: The results showed adolescents in good physical health. Nevertheless their quality of life deteriorated over time in Belgium. The QoL was significantly lower for adolescents without social support: 48,0 (SD=13,5) vs 60,6 (SD=11,1) compared with adolescents with social support - i.e. with one resource person - on a scale from 0 to 100. Adolescents had many subjective health problems, like "the future" cited by half of them. CONCLUSION: This study shows the importance of developping a specific approach to newly immigrant adolescents health and the contribution of school medicine in the identification of biological, psychological and social needs and hightlights the preventive answers carried out by school medicine. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 19 (1 ULg)