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The article The Pregnant Adolescent- A Group Approach from the journal Adolescence was written by Barbara N Adams RN MS Carol A Brownstein MSW and Madeline H Schmitt RN MS The aim of the paper is to get the readers to understand how the Rochester Adolescent Maternity Project RAMP a group for pregnant teens came to be The group was created to help pregnant teens deal with all of their concerns Being a teen mother-to-be is much different from being an older mother-to-be There are many issues that pregnant teens must face such as fitting in with their peers dealing with their changing bodies at a time when hormone levels are already high working through questions about parenthood pregnancy labor and childbirth During pregnancy is a time when most adolescents need to rely on adults for help which collides with what most teens are trying to do break away and become independent Teenage mothers are usually trying to figure out how they will be able to support their child how their friends will react how the babys father will take the news that hes going to be a dad and how a new baby will fit into her life The group RAMP wanted to help teenagers deal with some of these issues It seems most teenage fathers can still go on with their life plans whereas most teenage mothers must change their plans or at least take things slower than if they didnt have any children Many teen moms have a low self esteem especially if she knows or suspects that others are referring to her as a bad girl Having the support of other peers in her situation can only make things easier for the teen mother Sometimes the only person who can truly understand what the mom is going through is someone who has been there at one time or someone who has worked
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