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Teen pregnancy among Latinas

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This can related to the reality that many of these Hispanic teenagers also happen to be poor. Being poor and pregnant, with little economic resources, and possibly even experiencing state welfare support concerns because of illegal immigrant status, numerous Hispanic teenagers also become depressed. The depression rates in pregnant adolescents have reached 26 to 44% incidence with the upper range including urban minorities of low socio-economic status (Schoenbach, Garrison, & Kaplan, 1984; Troutman & Cutrona, 1990, as cited in Dehlendorf et al. , 2010, p. Depression is also found to be more prevalent for pregnant adolescents than pregnant adults (Gotlib, Whiffen, Mount, & Milne, 1989; O’Hara, Zekoski, Philipps, & Wright, 1990as cited in Dehlendorf et al. , 2010, p. 194 ) and also when compared to non-pregnant adolescents. This paper aims to use a qualitative research design through combining the use of Coping Response Inventory-Youth (CRI-Y) form and structured interviews.

The research question is: What are the coping mechanisms for pregnant Hispanic teenagers and are they effective? This paper will explore the research design and process of forming it. Due to the high rate of depression among pregnant Hispanic teenagers, it is important to understand their coping mechanisms using the qualitative research design, so that psychologists and counselors can help them improve these coping mechanisms and also prepare other young mothers who are not yet using any coping approach to handle their depression. The database used for reviewing literature is EBSCO database.

After entering the words “depression, ” “pregnant Hispanic teenagers, ” and “coping, ” no relevant studies have shown up. Nevertheless, several studies on depression among pregnant teenagers in general (Hurley, 2010; Richards et al. , 2007; Shanok & Miller, 2007a, 2007b) have been found, as well as studies on teen pregnancy among Latinas, because it is a growing health concern with its increasing rates for the past fifteen years (Dehlendorf et al. , 2010; Rocca et al.

Majority of the research on the topic, however, is focused on reproductive health (Foulkes et al. , 2005) and understanding how impact the high rate of teen pregnancies among Hispanic women (Gilliam, Warden, & Tapia, 2004; Wilson et al. Apparently, there is little research on the psychological health of

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