Teen Parents and Mental Health

Adolescent mothers often live below the poverty level in disadvantaged environments and have higher levels of stress, less education and fewer psychological resources than women who delay childbearing. Young mothers tend to be more depressed, experience more stress in the parenting role and are more likely to be less positive about being a parent than mothers in their twenties or thirties. It is important to be aware of mental health issues when working with teen parents and to make referrals to counseling agencies when appropriate.

Website Resources
National Institute of Mental Health
Transforming the understanding and treatment of mental illness through research.

Published Resources
Evans, D., Foa, E., Gur, R., Hendin, H., O’Brien, C., Seligman, M. & Walsh, T. (2005)
Treating And Preventing Adolescent Mental Health Disorders: What We Know And What We Don't Know, A Research Agenda For Improving The Mental Health Of Our Youth. Oxford University Press, U.S.A.

Hudson, D. B., Elek, S. M., Campbell-Grossman, C. (2000). Depression, self-esteem, loneliness, and social support among adolescent mothers participating in the new parents project. Adolescence 25, 977-988.

Smith, J. M. (2004). Adolescent males' view on the use of mental health counseling services.