ERIC Number: ED183286
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jan
Assessing the Child Development Information Needed by Adolescent Parents with Very Young Children. Final Report.
Epstein, Ann S.
In order to study teenaged mothers' knowledge, expectations, and attitudes regarding parenthood, their support systems for coping with pregnancy and parenthood, and how these factors influence their actual parenting ability in interactions with their babies, ninety-eight female teenagers from diverse sociodemographic backgrounds were interviewed twice and videotaped interacting with their babies. The teenagers were interviewed individually, generally in their own homes, once during pregnancy and once following birth. Results are discussed in connection with the following questions: What are teenagers' expectations about how babies develop? How observant are they of infants and parent-infant relationships? What do they define as their information needs regarding infant development? Why do they say they want to have children? How do they see their lives as changing after they become parents? How confident are they about their ability to be parents? How important are families as sources of financial, child care and emotional support? What are teenagers' experiences with medical and health services, with school-age parent programs, and with other supportive services? How can teenagers' interaction styles with their babies be characterized? How does their knowledge of infant development, their expectations and attitudes about the role of parenthood, their family support systems, and non-familial support systems influence their interactions with their babies? (Author/SS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Child Development (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: High/Scope Educational Research Foundation, Ypsilanti, MI.