This chapter described the mechanisms that adolescent mothers use to cope with stress with a focus on how caregiving generates positive affect through the voices of these young mothers themselves. This chapter contributed to the sociological literature on stress and coping. In particular, our findings were also in line with the work of sociologist Antonovsky’s Sense of Coherence concept. SOC is a global measure that indicates the availability of, and willingness to use, adaptive coping resources as a key variable in maintaining health.
This project was funded through a partnership with the Indiana State Department of Health’s Pregnancy Assistance Fund Program: Support for Pregnant and Parenting Teens and Women. This program is sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health. ISDH did not play a role in study design; collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; writing of the report; and in the decision to submit the chapter for publication.
Chumbler, N.R., Ganashen, S., Cherry, C.O., Wright, D.G. and Bute, J.J. (2016), "Rewriting Life Narratives: Positive Coping Mechanisms in Adolescent Mothers", Special Social Groups, Social Factors and Disparities in Health and Health Care (Research in the Sociology of Health Care, Vol. 34), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 199-224. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0275-495920160000034011
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