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Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica
Print version ISSN 0102-7972
OLIVEIRA-MONTEIRO, Nancy Ramacciotti de. The pathway for adolescent maternity: longitudinal study 10 years after child's birth. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2010, vol.23, n.2, pp.278-288. ISSN 0102-7972. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-79722010000200010.
This article presents a longitudinal qualitative research about maternity in adolescence in a context of social vulnerability, seeking to check psychosocial indicators along the years of the study. Eight dyads of mothers in adolescence and their firstborns were interviewed when their children were less than five months old; three and a half years old and ten years old. The instruments used in their daily environment were free speech interviews and observation submitted to scales for screening the competence and psychological conditions of the children. The results are presented in thematic axis, indicating valorization of maternity, distance from violent scenarios and instability in residence associated to school/professional damages and, children who do not present developmental problems. Maternity in adolescence may represent protection for the mothers concerning environmental risks associated to violence and drugs.
Keywords : Pregnancy in adolescence; Risk and protections factors; Resilience; Human development.