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ERIC Number: ED272810
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Comparison of the Self-Concept and Self-Esteem among Pregnant Adolescent Girls and Their Nullipara Peers.
Hall, Burnis; Taylor, Sue
The problem of pregnancy among adolescent girls concerns every school system and community in the country. To determine the importance of pregnant adolescents' perceptions of themselves (self-concept) and their perceptions of how they are viewed by others (self-esteem), comparisons were made between their self-concept and the self-concept of their nullipara (never pregnant) peers. Subjects included 50 pregnant adolescents and 50 nullipara adolescent girls. The data gathering instruments consisted of the Tennessee Self-Concept Scale, Rosenberg Self Esteem Scale, and the California Achievement Test. The results indicated that self-concept and self-esteem might be important factors in black high school student pregnancies. The pregnant adolescents did not feel that out-of-wedlock pregnancy had the degree of stigma attached to it that one might suppose. Greater father absence, more school absenteeism, lower socioeconomic status, lower scholastic achievement, and a large percentage of blacks occurred in the pregnant group than in the nullipara group. Adolescent mothers face a bleak future. The problems created by teenage pregnancy must be faced by all and resources must be used with care. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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