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ISSN: 2471-9846

Journal of Community & Public Health Nursing
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Exploring Adolescence and Parenthood: A Transitional Life Stage and Abrupt Life Change

Marcella Kelly1* and Michelle Millar2

1School of Nursing and Midwifery, National University of Ireland, Aras Moyola Building, Galway, Ireland

2School of Political Science and Sociology. National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland

Corresponding Author:
Marcella Kelly, Lecturer
School of Nursing and Midwifery
National University of Ireland
Aras Moyola Building, Galway, Ireland
Tel: 0035391495036
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: February 21, 2017; Accepted date: February 23, 2017; Published date: February 28, 2017

Citation: Kelly M, Millar M (2017) Exploring Adolescence and Parenthood: A Transitional Life Stage and Abrupt Life Change. J Comm Pub Health Nurs 3:162. doi:10.4172/2471-9846.1000162

Copyright: © 2017 Kelly 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.


This explorative discussion of the literature explores transitional and developmental theory focusing on adolescence and the transition to parenthood. The concept of the emergent adult is explored in the context of teenage parenthood transition. Similar to the emergent adult the teenage parent proactively choose their life course options that incorporates securing social resources and future positions. The transitional process moving from adolescence to adulthood is expedited for the teenage parent. In hastening this transitional developmental phase teenage parents are propelled into the role of emergent adult. Awareness by community healthcare professionals of the challenges teenage parents face with regards to transitional processes moving from adolescent to the adult role of parent should be considered in effectively supporting these young parents.