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Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica

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MENDES, Teresa; SOARES, Isabel; JONGENELEN, Inês  and  MARTINS, Carla. Adolescent mothers: adjustment to multiple roles and the importance of attachment. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2011, vol.24, n.2, pp.309-317. ISSN 0102-7972.

Becoming a mother during adolescence implies huge rearrangements in terms of individual developmental pathway. Using a sample of 38 adolescent mothers from the north region of Portugal, this study aims at examining the importance of adolescent mothers' attachment organizations, assessed during pregnancy, in the adjustment to role changes imposed by motherhood. Following an ecological perspective on adolescent motherhood, sociodemographic and social support measures were also considered. Our results show that most adolescent mothers exhibit a lower level of adjustment towards the new configuration of roles. A statistically significant association between adolescent mothers' attachment and quality of adjustment was found.

Keywords : Adolescent mothers; Adjustment; Role transition; Attachment; Social support.

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