PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to explore the experience of food insecurity of young mothers (15-24 years) and identify strategies used to manage food-insecure periods. DESIGN AND METHODS: This exploratory study used the U.S. Household Food Security Survey Module, cognitive interviewing, and individual interviews. RESULTS: Sixteen out of 21 young mothers indicated that they fluctuated between low food insecurity (reduced desirability of diet), and all 21 participants reported some days of food insufficiency (anxiety over shortage of food). All the women reported that their children had only marginal food insecurity due to extensive strategies. PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: Nutrition counseling must include food insecurity assessment.
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