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ERIC Number: ED307043
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 14
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Reference Count: 0
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Pregnant Teens vs. Teen Mothers: Impact of Self-Image, Style of Coping, and Family Environment on Caretaking Perceptions.
Stern, Marilyn; Alvarez, Aracelly
The purpose of this ongoing study is to assess the impact of style of coping, self-image, family environment, and perceptions of parenting skills on the adaptation of adolescents to the stressors of parenthood. A total of 27 adolescent mothers and their infants, and a cohort of 16 pregnant teens, have thus far participated in the study. Each of the adolescents completed the Ways of Coping Scale-revised (WCS), the Offer Self-Image Questionnaire (OSIQ), the Family Environment Scale (FES), and several scales assessing pre- and post-natal perceptions of caretaking. Infants were administered a Gesell Developmental screening at 9 months of age. The mean OSIQ and FES case profiles indicate a generalized disruption of self-image and perceptions of family environment. However, the profile is not as disrupted for pregnant teens as for mothers. Pregnant teens' preference for emotion-based coping styles in dealing with the stressors of having a baby may partially account for these profile differences. The preliminary results also suggest that the disruption of self-image and the use of less effective forms of coping are related to negative attitudes toward caretaking. The data support the importance of examining how individual differences in coping styles affect caretaking perceptions, attitudes, and behavior. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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