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ERIC Number: EJ862382
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
ISSN: ISSN-0197-6664
Examining the Lives of Navajo Native American Teenage Mothers in Context: A 12- to 15-Year Follow-Up
Dalla, Rochelle L.; Jacobs-Hagen, Susan B.; Jareske, Betsy K.; Sukup, Julie L.
Family Relations, v58 n2 p148-161 Apr 2009
In 1992 and 1995, data were collected from 29 Navajo, reservation-residing teenage mothers. In 2007, follow-up data from 69% (n = 20) of the original sample were collected. Intensive interviews, grounded in ecological systems theory (U. Bronfenbrenner, 1989), allowed for contextual examination of the women's developmental trajectories. Significant educational accomplishments and a strong work ethic (i.e., individual level) exemplified the majority of respondents. Relationships with families of origin and intimate partners (i.e., microsystems) and connections between these (i.e., mesosystems) promoted and challenged participants' optimal development and were significantly influenced by macrosystem factors (e.g., economic constraints, physical isolation). Implications for service provision and continued research are discussed. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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