Adolescent mothers' successful participation in a well-baby care program

Karen E. Smith, Mary V. Spiers, Margaret P. Freese

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Previous research suggests that adolescent mothers and their infants may benefit from participation in specialized well-baby care programs. Yet the literature has not addressed the issue of predictive factors related to continued program participation. In a retrospective study, stepwise multiple regression analyses were used to explore this issue in 61 mothers from one well-baby program. The results were partially cross-validated using 59 other mothers. Mothers ranged in age from 13 to 17 years. Most were Black, single, and receiving public assistance. Twenty-two percent of the variance in the number of routine clinic visits made and 34% of the variance in the number of visits made for specific health problems were accounted for by the predictive equations. Cross-validation supported these results, with the most significant predictive variable for both measures of program participation being inconsistent appointment keeping.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)193-197
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Adolescent Health Care
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1987
Externally publishedYes


  • Well-baby care program Motherhood

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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