Maternal Attitude, Fatigue and Functional Status Among Adolescent Mothers

Authors

  • Chorpaka Kongtonkul Faculty of Nursing, Chiang Mai University
  • Chavee Baosoung Faculty of Nursing, Chiang Mai University
  • Punpilai Sriarporn Faculty of Nursing, Chiang Mai University

Keywords:

Maternal attitude, Fatigue, Functional status, Adolescent mothers

Abstract

Becoming an adolescent mother is a significant life event. During postpartum, adolescent mothers are confronted with both the physical and psychological changes that may affect the functional status of the adolescent mother. The purpose of this descriptive correlational study was to describe the relationship between maternal attitude, fatigue and functional status among adolescent mothers. The sample were selected following the inclusion criteria and consisted of 85 adolescent mothers aged 13-19 years old who had a postpartum check-up at Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital, Health Promotion Hospital, First Regional Health Promoting Center, Chiang Mai and Lamphun Hospital. The research instruments were the Attitudes Toward Motherhood Scale by Sockol, Epperson, and Barber (2014), Thai version by Pukdeesamai, Sriarporn, and Xuto (2015); the Modified Fatigue Symptoms Checklist by Pugh, Milligan, Park, Lenze, and Kitzman (1999), Thai version by Theerakulchai (2004); and the Inventory of Functional Status After Childbirth for Adolescents by Logsdon (2009), modified by Moortito, Sriarporn, and Baosoung (2015). Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and Pearson's product moment correlation.

        Results of the study revealed that:

  1. The majority of adolescent mothers had a negative maternal attitude (67.06%, SD = 9.81), and had a low level of fatigue, accounting for 78.82% (SD = 16.66). Regarding the functional status of adolescent mothers, the score was at a moderate level (SD = .25).
  2. Fatigue had a significant and low negative correlation with functional status after childbirth (r = -.214, p < .05), and maternal attitude had no significant correlation with the functional status of adolescent mothers.

        The results of this study can be used as baseline data for planning effective nursing care to promote postpartum functional status among adolescent mothers.

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2022-09-30

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