ERIC Number: ED445473
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Feb
Pregnancy in Adolescent Females with Serious Emotional Disturbance: Risk Factors and Outcomes.
Yampolskaya, Svetlana; Brown, Eric C.; Greenbaum, Paul E.
This 7-year study examined the consequences of early pregnancy and parenting for girls with serious emotional disturbances (SED) and risk factors identified with teenage pregnancy. Risk factors that were examined included sociodemographic characteristics, psychological characteristics, and psychopathology. The 109 participants in the study were recruited from residential mental health and community-based special educational programs. Data collection procedures included interviews with girls, telephones interviews with their parents, and performance on psychological measures. Results indicated: (1) among the sample of 190 girls, 78 had children during the 7-year study; (2) age at first pregnancy ranged from 13 to 22 years; (3) girls of color were more likely to become pregnant earlier than Caucasian girls and almost twice as likely to get pregnant; (4) girls from lower income families were 45 percent more likely to get pregnant than girls from higher income families; (5) early pregnancy also was associated marginally with participants' mothers having been teenagers themselves when they first gave birth; (6) girls who dropped out of school were over 3 times more likely to get pregnant after dropping out than girls who did not drop out; and (7) conduct disorder was associated with early pregnancy, but not self-esteem or family cohesion. (CR)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Behavior Disorders, Dropouts, Early Parenthood, Emotional Disturbances, Family Characteristics, Family Influence, Females, Individual Characteristics, Interviews, Minority Groups, Predictor Variables, Pregnancy, Racial Differences, Self Esteem, Socioeconomic Status
For full text: http://www.fmhi.usf.edu/institute/pubs/bysubject.html.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD. Center for Mental Health Services.; National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: University of South Florida, Tampa. Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Inst.; University of South Florida, Tampa. Research and Training Center for Children's Mental Health.
Note: In: The Annual Research Conference Proceedings, A System of Care for Children's Mental Health: Expanding the Research Base (12th, Tampa, FL, February 21-24, 1999).