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J Consult Clin Psychol. 2004 Apr;72(2):328-40.

Prevalence, course, and predictors of emotional distress in pregnant and parenting adolescents.

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  • 1Department of Epidemiology and Public Health and Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT 06520, USA. stephanie.milan@yale.edu


This study examines trajectories and correlates of emotional distress symptoms in pregnant adolescents (n = 203) and nulliparous adolescents (n = 188) from economically disadvantaged communities over an 18-month period. For both groups, the prevalence of significant emotional distress exceeded expectation based on adolescent norms; however, the severity of symptoms did not differ between the 2 groups. Results from growth curve modeling revealed a significant decline in symptoms during the study period for both groups, but pregnant adolescents experienced a different pattern of decline. Also, certain interpersonal factors (e.g., history of physical maltreatment, partner support) appeared to play a more important role in the emotional well-being of pregnant and parenting adolescents relative to nulliparous adolescents. Implications for early identification and intervention are discussed.

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