Effectiveness of a comprehensive psychoeducational intervention with pregnant and parenting adolescents: A pilot study

Deborah V. Thomas, Stephen Warwick Looney

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Problem: Little is known about the effectiveness of a comprehensive psychoeducational intervention on depression, self-esteem, and parenting attitudes/beliefs of at-risk pregnant and parenting adolescents. Methods: Adolescents (N = 41) attending either a residential treatment facility (RTF) or a rural alternative school (RAS) participated in a psychoeducational parenting group using Bavolek's Nurturing Program during Phase I. Phase II included health promotion issues, infant massage, and CPR. Findings: Using the Parenting Semantic Differential and the AAPI-2, there was significant improvement in parenting attitudes and beliefs. No significant change was found in self-esteem. Conclusions: A comprehensive psychoeducational parenting group can be effective in changing parenting attitudes and beliefs, which suggests an ultimate improvement in health promotion and disease prevention in adolescent women and their children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)66-77
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2004
Externally publishedYes



  • Depression in adolescent pregnancy
  • Parenting education
  • Psychoeducational parenting groups
  • Teen parenting attitudes/beliefs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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