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dc.contributor.authorSabella, Kathryn
dc.contributor.authorBaczko, Amanda
dc.contributor.authorLane, Ian A
dc.contributor.authorGolden, Laura
dc.contributor.authorPici-D'Ottavio, Emma
dc.contributor.authorO'Neill, Murron
dc.date.accessioned2023-06-23T17:37:55Z
dc.date.available2023-06-23T17:37:55Z
dc.date.issued2022-03-14
dc.identifier.citationSabella K, Baczko A, Lane IA, Golden L, Pici-D'Ottavio E, O'Neill M. A Challenging Yet Motivating Journey: The Experiences of Young Adult Parents With Serious Mental Health Conditions in the USA. Front Psychiatry. 2022 Mar 14;13:814185. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2022.814185. PMID: 35370850; PMCID: PMC8967164.en_US
dc.identifier.issn1664-0640
dc.identifier.doi10.3389/fpsyt.2022.814185en_US
dc.identifier.pmid35370850
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.14038/52164
dc.description.abstractIn recent decades the average age of becoming a parent has increased, the rate of teen pregnancies has decreased, and a new developmental period of emerging adulthood is marked by diverse pathways into adulthood. Today, those who become parents in young adulthood (18-24 years old) and their children may be vulnerable to poor outcomes observed in teen parents (13-19 years old) of previous generations. Young adults with serious mental health conditions (SMHC) who encounter additional challenges navigating young adulthood and tend to parent earlier than their peers may be at particularly increased risk of poor outcomes. To date, little research has been done to understand the experiences of young adult parents, especially those with SMHC. This study describes themes from qualitative interviews with 18 young adults with SMHC in the United States who became parents before the age of 25. Life story narrative interviews, conducted mostly by young adults with lived experience, asked participants to describe their parenting and mental health experiences and their school, training, and work experiences. Participants described the challenges of simultaneously parenting young children and managing a mental health condition, experiences of discrimination, and fear of future discrimination related to their mental health condition. However, parents also expressed that their children motivated them to maintain recovery and build a good life for their family. This is the first study to qualitatively explore the experiences of young adult parents with SMHC. While many of these findings align with prior qualitative research on mothers with mental illness, by exclusively focusing on individuals who become parents earlier than their peers and including father experiences, this research adds to our understanding of how individuals simultaneously navigate parenting and managing a serious mental health condition. These findings should inform larger-scale research studies on the experiences and outcomes of young adults with SMHC who become parents in their late teens or early twenties. A better understanding of their experiences should inform public mental health services that incorporate parenting as an important element of an individual's personal recovery model.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.relation.ispartofFrontiers in Psychiatryen_US
dc.relation.urlhttps://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2022.814185en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © 2022 Sabella, Baczko, Lane, Golden, Pici-D’Ottavio and O’Neill. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.en_US
dc.rightsAttribution 4.0 International*
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/*
dc.subjectemerging adulten_US
dc.subjectmental health conditions (MHCs)en_US
dc.subjectparenting with mental illnessen_US
dc.subjectqualitativeen_US
dc.subjectyoung adulthood (18 years older)en_US
dc.titleA Challenging Yet Motivating Journey: The Experiences of Young Adult Parents With Serious Mental Health Conditions in the USAen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.source.journaltitleFrontiers in psychiatry
dc.source.volume13
dc.source.beginpage814185
dc.source.endpage
dc.source.countrySwitzerland
dc.identifier.journalFrontiers in psychiatry
refterms.dateFOA2023-06-23T17:37:59Z
dc.contributor.departmentImplementation Science and Practice Advances Research Center (iSPARC)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentPsychiatryen_US


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Copyright © 2022 Sabella, Baczko, Lane, Golden, Pici-D’Ottavio and O’Neill. This
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