Wongchayapote PromsilaUttaradit Rajabhat University, Thailand
Title: Psychosocial indicators related to adolescent mothers’ quality of life in Thailand
This research is a comparative research based on the interactionism model and theories in psychology both domestically and internationally. The aim is to discover what factors are related to the quality of life of adolescent mothers. The sample consisted of 620 adolescent mothers aged 15-19 years which is considered a vulnerable group according to statistics of Thailand. Multiple linear regression was deployed to analyze the quality-of-life score of adolescent mothers using psychological traits, situational factors, psychological states, self-independence behavior, and life satisfaction as predictors. It was able to predict 78.7% of the overall group. The most important predictors in descending order were social comparison, life satisfaction, attitude towards self-independence behavior, and core self-evaluation which have beta values of .29, .26, .17, and .13 respectively. That means adolescent mothers with a higher level of social comparison, life satisfaction, attitude towards self-independence behavior, or core self-evaluation tend to have a good quality of life. The results of this research can be a practical contribution to relevant authorities to improve adolescent mothers’ quality of life. This research also contributes to the future study of self-independence behavior, life satisfaction, and quality of life of adolescent mothers.
Wongchayapote Promsila, (M.N.S.) Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Nursing, Uttaradit Rajabhat University. He has extensive experience both as a community health nurse practitioner and as an instructor for nursing and public health students.