ERIC Number: ED343728
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Adolescent Friendships during Pregnancy and Early Parenting.
Lohr, Mary Jane; Gillmore, Mary R.
This study examined the role of friends in the lives of adolescent mothers. A total of 119 mothers, aged 17 and under, were interviewed during their pregnancy and again at 6 months postpartum. Mothers were questioned about their friendship network and their best friends. Mothers completed scales that measured stress and self-esteem. Results indicated that slightly more young mothers reported having no friends at 6 months postpartum than during pregnancy. Respondents felt that their friends were more supportive during their pregnancy than before it, and reported having more parents in their friendship networks at 6 months postpartum than during the pregnancy. Having friends who were also parenting; having supportive friends; and sharing feelings with the best friend were all related to decreased stress and increased self-esteem during the pregnancy and at 6 months postpartum. (BC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Drug Abuse (DHEW/PHS), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development (Seattle, WA, April 18-20, 1991).