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Qualities of adolescent mothers' parenting.

Abstract

PURPOSE

This study examined the interrelations among adolescent mothers' parenting attitudes, parenting confidence, and parenting stress and the potential differences in these dimensions by mothers' age, race and parity, and age and sex of child.

METHODS

Subjects were 119 former adolescent mothers (M age = 20.2 years) from predominantly poor, minority backgrounds (50% Hispanic, 27% African-American, 17% non-Hispanic white). All subjects completed questionnaires about their parenting qualities twice an average of 10 weeks apart. All children were at least one year of age (M age = 37.2 months; range 12-50 months).

RESULTS

Results indicated that for some mothers there exists a triple jeopardy of low parenting confidence, high parenting stress, and inappropriate parenting values. Young maternal age at delivery and young maternal age at the time of this study were associated with low child acceptance. Non-Hispanic white mothers had significantly more favorable parenting values than did African-American and Hispanic mothers, and African-American mothers reported significantly greater caretaking confidence than did Hispanic mothers. No parity or sex of child effects were found.

CONCLUSIONS

These results suggest the presence of meaningful patterns of convergence and within-group variation for the psychological qualities of adolescent mothers' parenting.

Authors+Show Affiliations

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University of California, San Diego.

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Source

MeSH

Adolescent
Adult
Attitude
Empathy
Ethnic Groups
Female
Humans
Infant
Maternal Age
Mother-Child Relations
Mothers
Parenting
Parity
Psychology, Adolescent
Questionnaires
Self Concept
Stress, Psychological

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

8018690

Citation

TY - JOUR T1 - Qualities of adolescent mothers' parenting. AU - East,P L, AU - Matthews,K L, AU - Felice,M E, PY - 1994/3/1/pubmed PY - 1994/3/1/medline PY - 1994/3/1/entrez KW - Adolescents--women KW - Age Factors KW - Americas KW - Attitude KW - Behavior KW - Child Rearing KW - Cultural Background KW - Demographic Factors KW - Developed Countries KW - Ethnic Groups KW - Family And Household KW - Family Characteristics KW - Family Life Surveys KW - Family Relationships KW - Family Research KW - Maternal Age KW - Mothers KW - North America KW - Northern America KW - Parental Age KW - Parents KW - Perception KW - Population KW - Population Characteristics KW - Psychological Factors KW - Self-perception KW - Stress KW - United States KW - Youth SP - 163 EP - 8 JF - The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine JO - J Adolesc Health VL - 15 IS - 2 N2 - PURPOSE: This study examined the interrelations among adolescent mothers' parenting attitudes, parenting confidence, and parenting stress and the potential differences in these dimensions by mothers' age, race and parity, and age and sex of child. METHODS: Subjects were 119 former adolescent mothers (M age = 20.2 years) from predominantly poor, minority backgrounds (50% Hispanic, 27% African-American, 17% non-Hispanic white). All subjects completed questionnaires about their parenting qualities twice an average of 10 weeks apart. All children were at least one year of age (M age = 37.2 months; range 12-50 months). RESULTS: Results indicated that for some mothers there exists a triple jeopardy of low parenting confidence, high parenting stress, and inappropriate parenting values. Young maternal age at delivery and young maternal age at the time of this study were associated with low child acceptance. Non-Hispanic white mothers had significantly more favorable parenting values than did African-American and Hispanic mothers, and African-American mothers reported significantly greater caretaking confidence than did Hispanic mothers. No parity or sex of child effects were found. CONCLUSIONS: These results suggest the presence of meaningful patterns of convergence and within-group variation for the psychological qualities of adolescent mothers' parenting. SN - 1054-139X UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/8018690/Qualities_of_adolescent_mothers'_parenting_ L2 - http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/parenting.html ER -