Teenage parents, Depression in women, Social support systems
Adolescent mothers and their children are at risk for a myriad of negative outcomes. This study examined risk and protective factors and their impact on a sample (N = 172) of impoverished adolescent mothers. Multiple regression analyses revealed that depressed adolescent mothers report higher levels of parenting stress and that their children are more at risk for maltreatment and are developmentally behind other babies. In addition, adolescent mothers with restricted social support have babies who are at higher risk for maltreatment. Finally, mothers who were older during pregnancy were more likely to stay in school. Implications for program development are discussed.
Whitson, Melissa L.; Martinez, Andrew; Ayala, Carmen; and Kaufman, Joy S., "Predictors of Parenting and Infant Outcomes for Impoverished Adolescent Parents" (2011). Psychology Faculty Publications. 6.
Melissa L. Whitson, Andrew Martinez, Carmen Ayala, Joy S. Kaufman. Predictors of Parenting and Infant Outcomes for Impoverished Adolescent Parents. Journal of Family Social Work 07/2011; 14(4):284-297. DOI:10.1080/10522158.2011.587173