ERIC Number: ED303732
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Aug
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Teenage Pregnancy and Parenting: Findings from the Detroit Teen Parenting Project.
Rickel, Annette U.; And Others
This study investigated the child rearing strategies endorsed by pregnant adolescent girls. The sample consisted of 124 pregnant adolescent girls from two alternative high schools for pregnant or parenting teenage girls in the Detroit (Michigan) Metropolitan Area. Child rearing strategies were assessed using the Rickel Modified Form of the Block Child Rearing Practices Report. Subjects also provided extensive demographic data and completed the Perceived Social Support Network Inventory and the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI). The demographic findings suggest a trend toward earlier and more teenage pregnancies. Only 26 % of the sample had two parents in the home, suggesting that the girls' families may be stressed by the difficulties of single-parenting and unable to provide effective social support to the girls. Results from the MMPI revealed that only one-fifth of the sample fell within normal adjustment limits, implying a need for preventive interventions. The study provides descriptive analyses of child rearing strategies; compares the responses of center-city and suburban adolescents; and examines the relationship of these scores to indices of stress, social support, and personality as measured by the MMPI. Implications of the findings for community-based interventions are also discussed. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (96th, Atlanta, GA, August 12-16, 1988). This project is supported by a grant from the Katherine Tuck Fund.