ERIC Number: ED224575
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Some Social and Psychological Factors Associated with Black Unmarried Adolescent Fatherhood: A Preliminary Report.
Hendricks, Leo E.
Preliminary findings are presented to address the issue of the extent to which measures of external locus of control, contraception use, educational achievement, and religiosity discriminate between black unmarried adolescent fathers and nonfathers. Forty-eight unmarried adolescent fathers and 50 unmarried adolescent nonfathers were identified by social service workers. Data were collected by an adult black male interviewer in a face-to-face private interview. Questions pertained to the social and demographic characteristics of the subjects; their sexual knowledge, attitudes, and practices; the problems they encountered as adolescent males; and the ways they coped with their problems. Results indicate that if a black adolescent male's locus of control, contraceptive use, church attendance, and school status are known, his status as a father can be predicted. Policy implications of this research include the suggestion that unmarried black adolescent fathers should be given birth control counseling and, if other forms of counseling are warranted, attention should be paid to issues of locus of control. Concluding remarks point out weaknesses of the study limiting its generalizability. (RH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Unmarried Parents
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations (Washington, DC, October 12-16, 1982).