The Mental Health Needs of Low-Income Pregnant Teens: A Nursing–Social Work Partnership in Care

Nancy A. Payne, Jeane W. Anastas

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While the rates of teen childbearing have declined in the United States, adolescents who become pregnant and decide to bear and rear their babies are often from low-income, highly stressed families and communities. This article will describe the psychosocial problems of pregnant urban teens and how exposure to interpersonal trauma and current mental health problems may affect their prenatal health behavior, a vulnerable arena that has significance for infant development. It will discuss nurse home visiting as a preventive intervention with proven effectiveness in enhancing maternal prenatal health and behavior and the health and development of children born to mothers at risk, and how a nurse–family collaboration with social workers can facilitate this mission. By providing collaborative care that addresses psychosocial, health, and mental health concerns, interventions like home visiting can reach their full potential.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)595-606
Number of pages12
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 19 2015



  • home-visiting intervention
  • interpersonal trauma
  • nurse–social work collaboration
  • prenatal health risks
  • teen pregnancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Psychology(all)

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