ERIC Number: ED312584
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Size, Composition and Utility of Support Networks for Pregnant and Parenting Adolescents.
Barbera-Stein, Linda; Kraft, Joan Marie
The normative transition from adolescent to adult is interrupted by adolescent motherhood. Many argue that obstacles presented by adolescent motherhood can be overcome with support of family, friends, and the baby's father. To examine the size of social networks and the perceived and actual support derived from such networks, data were obtained from 177 black and white females adolescents who were either pregnant or first time mothers enrolled in one of seven educational support programs for new mothers. The findings revealed that the content of networks and perceived support from network members differed by parenting status; pregnant teenagers were more involved with peers while parenting teenagers were more involved with family. Further, parenting adolescents received more support from family members than did pregnant adolescents. The differences between pregnant and parenting teenagers appear to be linked to the construct of status transitions. In addition, black respondents were more likely to receive support from family than were white respondents. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (39th, Berkeley, CA, August 6-8, 1989).