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Public Health Nurs. 1999 Dec;16(6):376-83.

Mom empowerment, too! (ME2): a program for young mothers involved in substance abuse.

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  • 1550 SWKT College of Nursing, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah 84602, USA.


Substance abuse among young people is of critical concern to public health nurses. When substance abusers are young mothers without the skills, experience, guidance, or resources to become adequate parents, this problem is compounded This study examined a community-based intervention program for young mothers from the perspective of 42 participants. A qualitative, descriptive design was used within a process of participatory action research. Two major domains emerged from the data: risk perceptions and behaviors, and health promoting perceptions and behaviors. The study demonstrated the value of obtaining data from the participants and offers implications for practice and research.

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