ERIC Number: ED310336
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar-24
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A Retrospective Analysis of Decision Making by Pregnant Adolescents Using Janis and Mann's Decisional Conflict Model.
Colecchi, Cheryl A.; Worthington, Everett L., Jr.
Research on decision making in pregnant adolescents is in its infancy. Most has focused on correlates of the various pregnancy outcomes such as abortion, delivery, parenting one's child, or relinquishing the child for adoption. There is a need to investigate the process of decision making with pregnant adolescents in light of a theory of decision making, such as Janis and Mann's (1977) decisional conflict model. Adolescent mothers (N=54) with children less than 2 years old completed questionnaires about how they made their decision between parenting and relinquishment. Generally, girls gave high weights to self-approval as a mother and to self-disapproval in the event of relinquishment. They considered their parents' wishes to a lesser degree than their own, but they mostly believed their parents wanted them to keep the child. Mothers and best girlfriends were the most influential people in adolescents' decision making. Girls who considered the decision the most completely were those who experienced the most negative effects of the decision, a situation which is not in line with Janis and Mann's model. Results suggest that efforts to promote decisions for relinquishment among pregnant unmarried adolescents need to concentrate on affecting the perceptions of self-approval of the adolescents in the event of both relinquishment and teenage mothering. (Author/ABL)
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