Displacing the "rule book" in caring for teen mothers

Public Health Nurs. 2003 Sep-Oct;20(5):369-76. doi: 10.1046/j.1525-1446.2003.20505.x.


Teen mothers most often appear in professional discourse as voiceless subjects who are to be "brought in line" with scientific norms. This paper challenges this scientific "rule book" and offers a corrective that recovers the practical and engaged reasoning of teen mothers and the public health nurses (PHNs) who serve them. This corrective approach validates and supports the "voices" of teen mothers and the clinical acumen of PHNs.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Clinical Competence / standards
  • Family / psychology
  • Female
  • Guideline Adherence
  • Humans
  • Needs Assessment
  • Nurse's Role
  • Patient Care Planning
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy in Adolescence / psychology*
  • Public Health Nursing / methods*