ERIC Number: ED322422
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
Families of Adolescent Parents: Predictors of Developmental Outcomes.
Unger, Donald G.; Cooley, Marcia
This study examined ways in which contact with family members, in particular the teenage mother's own mother and partner, would be related to developmental outcomes in middle childhood in both black and white families. Also investigated were factors (mother's income, age, level of education, and home environment) that could affect these relationships. Data were obtained from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, and included a subset of female youth (N=338) who had been teenage mothers and on their children. Adolescent mothers were interviewed in 1979 and then yearly until 1986; all mothers had a child who was either 6 or 7 years old in 1986 when the children were assessed with a developmental battery. The results indicated that black teenage mothers lived longer with their parents while white adolescent mothers married earlier. Mother's age was related to the availability of support persons; younger mothers remained at home with their mothers and/or remained single while older mothers were more likely to live with a partner. There were several differences between black and white families in the role of the grandmother and partner in the child's development. The findings indicated that contact with family members may have both positive and negative relationships with the home environment and child outcomes. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence (3rd, Atlanta, GA, March 22-25, 1990).