ERIC Number: ED262139
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Children of Teen Parents: Heterogeneity of Outcomes.
Moore, Kristin A.; And Others
This report is based on evidence that despite the negative outcomes so often associated with early childbearing, not all teenage parents experience difficult lives. Given the heterogeneity of outcomes among teenage parents and their children, the issue addressed in the research is to identify the factors that explain variations in academic achievement and school performance among the children of teen parents. Data are from the 1976 National Survey of Children. Analyses were conducted separately by race and birth order, and by whether or not the teenage mother had dropped out of school prior to becoming pregnant. Social and economic variables were controlled for. Results indicate that predictors of vocabulary score include mother's age at first birth, her education, income, and the child's number of siblings. Whether the mother was enrolled in school when she became pregnant has a very strong association with her child's subsequent vocabulary score. It is not clear what it is about being a drop-out that results in poorer outcomes for children. One conclusion of the research is that out-of-school adolescents are a high risk group that should be of particular concern to those planning pregnancy prevention efforts, but they may be especially difficult to reach. (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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