ERIC Number: ED151673
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Sep-3
Reference Count: 0
Teenage Pregnancy and Parental Involvement: Changing Trends.
Rosen, Raye H.
This study investigates decision-making among women with unplanned and unwanted conceptions. Subjects were females younger than 18 years old, who were unmarried at the time that they became pregnant (N=432). Data were obtained by means of questionnaires given to subjects prior to abortion or delivery. Questions concerned involvements of mother, father, parents combined, peers, girl friend and male partner in the pregnancy and its resolution. Items also addressed the amount of decision-making conflict, as well as the women's attitudes and perceptions. Findings indicate the following: (1) when respondents first thought they might be pregnant but were not sure, few sought parental advice, especially in comparison to proportions who turned to their male partner or to a friend; (2) once pregnancy was confirmed, the mother had some influence on half or more respondents in each category. This influence was most important for the white adoption and the black abortion groups; and (3) for all groups, mother's influence was positively associated with conflict, suggesting that those who experienced conflict tended to turn to mothers for support or that mothers' intervention increased or produced conflict. Thus, adolescents still choose parents as a source of support. (Author/JLL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (Chicago, Illinois, September 3, 1977)