Adolescent adjustment to parenthood: A cross-cultural perspective
AuthorSciame, Michelle E., 1958-
KeywordsEducation, Guidance and Counseling.
Education, Educational Psychology.
Sociology, Individual and Family Studies.
AdvisorKelly, Maureen E.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThis naturalistic research describes adjustment to parenthood in an ethnically diverse group of out-of-school adolescent mothers enrolled in an educational program. The process of adjustment was investigated, as well as what factors impede or enhance adjustment for these mothers. Ethnic differences were considered along with the role of the educational program. Implications for program planning are discussed. Data collection consisted of interviews, observations, a Life Events Checklist, and a review of program files. Difficult home lives and the frequency of stressful events prior to pregnancy led to a relatively easy adjustment to parenthood for these mothers. Adjustment was enhanced by support; most frequently provided by the program, partners, and families. Partners and families also were the most frequent cause of difficulties that impeded adjustment. The major differences between ethnic groups were in family structure and support systems. The educational program served as a major source of relational support for these mothers.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
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