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ERIC Number: ED417032
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 5
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The Importance of Program Providers in Predicting Adolescent Mother-Child Interactions in a Center-Based Intervention.
Parsons, Leslie Cooper; Pierce, Sarah
This study examined connections between the quality of the relationship adolescent mothers establish with parenting program providers and the quality of the interactions that these mothers exhibit with their children. The study also compared mother-child interactions of adolescent mothers in a parenting program with those of adolescent mothers in a matched comparison group. No significant differences in interactions were found between the groups. The hypothesis that adolescent mothers' relationships with program providers would predict adolescent mother-child interactions was not supported. However, adolescent mothers who reported higher levels of trust and communication with a program provider or another important person in their lives were observed in higher quality physical and verbal interactions and higher quality organization of the child's activities. In addition, adolescent mothers who reported higher levels of trust were observed as being generally more available to their children. Finally, adolescent mothers who reported higher levels of communication with program providers or other persons appeared to enjoy their children more. The results suggest that for adolescent mothers, there appears to be a connection between the social network and parenting. Further research is necessary to continue exploring the importance of parenting programs in the social network of adolescent mothers. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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