Young mothers’ use of and experiences with mental health care services in Ontario, Canada: a qualitative descriptive study | BMC Women’s Health


A purposeful sample of 29 young mothers (mean age = 18.83) discussed their experiences of seeking social support and health care services for their mental health disorders during pregnancy and the early years of their children’s lives. The sociodemographic characteristics of these young mothers are summarized in Table 1. The majority of the young women identified their relationship status as single (58.6%) with only 37.9% married or in a common-law relationship.

Table 1 Sociodemographic characteristics of study participants (n = 29)

Prevalence and type of mental health disorders

Within these social contexts, the majority of participants (69%) reported

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