ERIC Number: ED252780
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov-15
Reference Count: 0
A Comparison of Selected Characteristics of Teenage Mothers and Teenagers Who Have No Children.
Jimerson, Pat; Burns, John L.
To broaden the knowledge base of factors related to rapid subsequent births among teenage mothers, subsequently pregnant mothers (N=5), one-time mothers (N=5), and non-pregnant teenagers (N=10), between the ages of 14 and 22, were compared on use of contraceptives, educational goals, and family relationships. All subjects completed a personal information form, the Child-Parent Relationship Scale, and a semantic differential focusing on their perception of the mother figure. Analysis of results showed that 80% of the mothers were not raised in homes with both natural parents, while of the non-mothers 70% were raised with both natural parents and 30% with one natural parent and one stepparent. Of the mothers, 70% were married, but only half used contraceptives regularly and none used them always. Of the mothers, 70% did not attend school or work and had no immediate plans to do so. All of the non-mothers were in school and 80% had specific educational or occupational goals. Adolescents with more than one pregnancy rated their mothers somewhat less positively than did the other groups. (JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (13th, New Orleans, LA, November 14-16, 1984).