Gender Gender is a determinant of health relevant to adolescent mothers as they are at risk for repeat pregnancies and at a higher risk for STIs if she is sexually active (Aujoulat et al, 2010). Repeat pregnancies for adolescent mothers is a common concern identified in the literature (Aujoulat et al., Chablani and Spinney, 2011, and Stiles, 2010). This is the rational for most interventions for adolescent mothers to include comprehensive healthcare,including contraception counseling and education.
Interventions and Strategies identified in the literature Researchers have worked to identify strategies to engage and improve the health status of adolescent mothers. Strategies in the literature focus on increasing education, social
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The project is stage based and was designed in response to the literature indicating that this population did not respond to traditional home visits, due to a lack of readiness and engagement. Chablani and Spinney identify the project’s goal is to improve the outcomes for high risk parents and their children(2011). The program provided comprehensive health care, primary health care under the direction of a nurse practitioner for this population(Chablani & Spinney, 2011). This component of the program recognized gender as a health determinant linked to concern of repeat pregnancies, along with the prevention of STIs. After one year following the COC project, of 81 participants at the beginning of the project, 90% were still actively involved in the program (Chablani & Spinney). This is significant,as it is a high involvement rate. These adolescent mothers would likely not have been involved in the traditional programs.
The FAST model McDonald et al. used the FAST model ( Families and School together) combined with multi-family groups in 11 Canadian communities to provide adolescent mothers with an opportunity to share their voices with other adolescent mothers and families(2008). One objective of the model was to provide young mothers with a socially inclusive experience, as opposed to the exclusive experience they may feel as a young mother. Another objective was to increase feeling of parenting efficacy for the