Perceived Assets of Pregnant African American Teens
Marilyn S. Filter, PhD, MS, RN, CNM

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Filter, M. S. (2015). Perceived assets of pregnant African American teens. Online Journal of Cultural Competence in Nursing and Healthcare, 5(1), 18-35. doi:10.9730/

Abstract: The purpose of this qualitative study is to explore the lived experiences and perceived assets of pregnant African American teens. Thirteen pregnant African American teens between the ages of 16 and 19, receiving prenatal care at an urban clinic in the Midwestern United States, participated in the study. Human ecology and multicultural feminist theories were used as the organizing framework. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews, participant creation of an asset map, and photovoice participation. Data analysis revealed the unborn child was the most important asset. “Women caring for women” was the primary theme. The young women saw education was a way out of poverty and felt that society-at-large judged them poorly. The ndings may lead to a greater understanding of the perceived assets of pregnant African American teens and assist healthcare providers to provide improved healthcare and culturally congruent care.

Keywords: asset maps, teen pregnancy, qualitative research

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