ERIC Number: ED294083
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Aug
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Differences in Participation in a Support Program for Adolescent Mothers.
Unger, Donald G.
Most evaluative research focuses on the outcome of programs, giving little attention to differences in clients' utilization of the programs' services. This study explored factors which were predictive of teenagers' participation in the Resource Mother Program, an educational support intervention program for pregnant and parenting adolescents. Subjects were 74 rural, mostly single, black, primiparous adolescents of low socioeconomic status. Subjects who agreed to participate in the program were interviewed prenatally prior to participation. The program was a home-based support program in which experienced mothers and paraprofessionals worked with the subjects prenatally through the infant's first birthday. Once the program was completed, records were examined to determine the degree of subject utilization of program services. The results suggest that differences in the teenage mother's relationship with her family and with the baby's father, environmental stressors, and preparedness for her baby were related to different patterns of program participation. The teenage mothers who actively participated were living with their families, felt they could rely on their families for financial assistance and instrumental support, and were not very involved with the baby's father. The findings have implications for the evaluation and development of support programs. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: South Carolina State Dept. of Health and Environmental Control, Columbia.
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (95th, New York, NY, August 28-September 1, 1987).