Does Motherhood Affect the Quality of Life of Adolescents?

Does Motherhood Affect the Quality of Life of Adolescents?

Author Campos, A. C. S. Google Scholar
Barbieri, M. Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Torloni, M. R. Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Guazzelli, C. A. F. Google Scholar
Institution Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Abstract Study Objective: Assess the quality of life (QOL) of female adolescents with children compared to those without children.Design: Cross-sectional.Setting: Public university-affiliated family planning clinic, São Paulo, Brazil.Participants: 91 female adolescents (16-19 years) of low socio-economic status with and without children.Interventions: the Portuguese version of the WHOQOL-BREF questionnaire was used.Outcome Measures: Mean scores of the 4 main domains were compared between adolescents with and without children.Results: Both mothers (N = 40) and nonmothers (N = 51) had low mean scores (<75%) in most of the QOL domains Compared to adolescents without children, adolescent mothers scored significantly lower in the physical (52.1 vs 59.4, P = .0137) and social (66.9 vs 77.3, P = .0182) domains.Conclusion: Adolescent mothers have a significantly lower quality of life in the physical and in the social relationships nonmothers.
Keywords Quality of life
Pregnancy in adolescence
Women's health
Language English
Sponsor Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq)
Date 2012-12-01
Published in Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. New York: Elsevier B.V., v. 25, n. 6, p. 380-383, 2012.
ISSN 1083-3188 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Elsevier B.V.
Extent 380-383
Access rights Closed access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000311979000009

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