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"I Learned the Bad Things I'm Doing": Adolescent Mothers' Perceptions of a Relationship Education Program.

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Toews, Michelle L.
Yazedjian, Ani.
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The purpose of this study was to explore what pregnant and parenting adolescent mothers felt they learned from a relationship education program. A total of 148 primarily Hispanic adolescent mothers who participated in the Strengthening Relationships Program took part in focus-group interviews. Narratives revealed that adolescent mothers perceived the program as effective in changing how they communicated and dealt with conflict with their partners. Specifically, they reported understanding the importance of communication and effective conflict-resolution strategies. In addition, narratives revealed adolescent mothers grew in self-awareness as a result of their program participation. These findings affirm the importance of providing relationship education to adolescent parents. (Author abstract)

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