alexa A Mental Health and Parenting Intervention for Adolesce
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Journal of Depression and Anxiety
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Research Article

A Mental Health and Parenting Intervention for Adolescent and Young Adult Mothers and their Infants

Maria Muzik1,2*, Katherine Rosenblum1,2, Melisa Schuster3, Emily Stanton Kohler1,4, Emily Alfafara1 and Nicole Miller1

1Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan, USA

2Center for Human Growth and Development, University of Michigan, USA

3Department of Social Work, University of Michigan, USA

4Infant Mental Health Center, Private Practice, USA

*Corresponding Author:
Maria Muzik
Department of Psychiatry
University of Michigan, USA
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Received date: April 29, 2016; Accepted date: May 24, 2016; Published date: May 30, 2016

Citation: Muzik M, Rosenblum K, Schuster M, Kohler ES, Alfafara E, et al. (2016) A Mental Health and Parenting Intervention for Adolescent and Young Adult Mothers and their Infants. J Depress Anxiety 5:233. doi:10.4172/2167-1044.1000233

Copyright: © 2016 Muzik M, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Purpose: Adolescent girls with mental illness are at heightened risk for unplanned pregnancies, which often disrupts typical psychological development, relationship formation, access to support systems, and school performance. Thus, adolescent mothers face many challenges while parenting in addition to coping with mental health concerns. Without interventions, adolescent mothers may put themselves and their children at risk and face further challenges than their non-parent or older counterparts. Method: The Mom Power program (MP) is a treatment engagement intervention for young mothers and their children, developed through a University-Community Partnership in Michigan. The program is designed to engage young mothers in mental health services, provide developmental and parenting guidance, teach self-care skills, increase social support, and provide hands-on parenting practice. Results: Preliminary feasibility data support MP as an effective intervention for adolescent mothers by reducing selfreported symptoms of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). MP is effective at increasing parenting competence, social support and connection to care in a high-risk population of young mothers compared to a demographically similar group of young mothers that did not complete the intervention. Conclusion: Mom Power is a short-term attachment-based psycho-educational parenting and self-care skills group for adolescent mothers. Comprehensive models like the MP Program are vital in reaching out to the needs of young mothers and their babies in an effort to decrease mental health symptoms and increase positive parenting skills


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