Exploring the role of coping mechanisms in the relationship between parenting stress and mental health among adolescent mothers in Zambia

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Abstract

Adolescent motherhood deserves more research attention because it is still highly prevalent, especially in lowand middle-income countries. It costs lives, and it comes at huge physical and mental health costs. Past research in these regions has predominantly focused on adolescent mothers’ physical health with less attention on their mental health.

To examine the roles of coping mechanisms (coping resources and coping styles) in the relationship between parenting stress and mental health of adolescent mothers, the study recruited 571 first time adolescent mothers, aged 13 to 19 years old, M=18.21, SD=0.94 (with babies between 0 to 9 months old, M=3.50, SD=2.80) from Lusaka Zambia using disproportionate random sampling to participate in a cross-sectional survey. Participants completed measures of parenting stress, meta-parenting profile, resilience, social support, depression, wellbeing, sleep quality, religious coping, rumination, and parental locus of control (α =.70 - .94).

Preliminary results indicate significant relationships between parenting stress and depression (r = .11, p < 0.01), and between parenting stress and wellbeing (r = -.13, p < 0.01). It is also expected that a model fit will be well achieved in Structural Equation Modelling (SEM).
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 26 Mar 2021
EventPostgraduate Conference on Interdisciplinary Learning: Re-Imagining Postgraduate Studies in the 21st Century and Beyond - Lingnan University, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong
Duration: 26 Mar 202127 Mar 2021
https://www.ln.edu.hk/sgs/postgraduate-conference-on-interdisciplinary-learning-2021

Conference

ConferencePostgraduate Conference on Interdisciplinary Learning
Country/TerritoryHong Kong
CityTuen Mun
Period26/03/2127/03/21
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Bibliographical note

Abstract published in Postgraduate Conference on Interdisciplinary Learning : Re-Imagining Postgraduate Studies in the 21st Century and Beyond : Programme book, Lingnan University, 2021, p. 23-24.

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