ERIC Number: EJ775252
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
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Pregnant Latina Teenagers: Psychosocial and Developmental Determinants of How they Select and Perceive the Men Who Father their Children
Goodyear, Rodney K.; Newcomb, Micheal D.; Locke, Thomas F.
Journal of Counseling Psychology, v49 n2 p187-201 Apr 2002
Data from a community sample of 493 pregnant Latina teenagers were used to test a mediated model of mate selection with 5 classes of variables: (a) male partner characteristics (antisocial behaviors, negative relationships with women, harm risk, and relationship length), (b) young women's psychosocial variables (antisocial behaviors, drug use, social competence, and psychological distress), (c) social connectedness (healthy attachment, cultural pride, and positive neighborhood perception), (d) childhood experiences (abuse, neglect, and satisfaction with childhood), and (e) a structural variable (age). Multiple pathways predicted the women's choice of male partner. Psychological distress was strongly related to choosing partners with negative relationships with women, confirming W. B. Swann's (1983, 1990) self-verification hypothesis. Counseling implications are discussed.
Descriptors: Drug Use, Psychology, Marriage, Interpersonal Competence, Females, Adolescents, Pregnancy, Hispanic Americans, Fathers, Antisocial Behavior, Children, Child Abuse, Child Neglect, Interpersonal Relationship, Psychological Patterns
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