Social networking sites: Can midwives and nurses working with adolescent mothers harness their potential value?

Samantha J. Nolan, Joyce Hendricks, Moira Williamson, Sally L. Ferguson

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Abstract

Aim: This paper aims to discuss social networking sites as potentially salutogenic, culturally relevant extensions to maternity care provision for adolescent mothers. Background: Studies report that online networking may enhance social capital, a concept linked to enhanced well-being, particularly for marginalized individuals. Improving outcomes for adolescent mothers is an ongoing global strategy; thus, this paper has relevance for all professionals involved in their care. Design: This is a discussion paper. Data Sources: This paper draws on the authors' research and is supported by literature and theory. Key terms and Boolean operators were used to identifiy English-language papers published in January 1995 to January 2019 in nine databases and Google Scholar databases. Implications for nursing: Despite limited evidence specific to adolescent mothers, contextual studies suggest that social networking sites may enhance well-being. Nurses and midwives need to understand adolescent mothers' use of online networks to aid development of innovative, health-enhancing care strategies using adolescent-familiar modalities. Conclusion: This paper highlights the need for further research regarding the value of professional engagement in online networks to enhance an adolescent's transition to motherhood.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Nursing Practice
Volume27
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021

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