The Role of Stress, Social Support, and Family Environment in Adolescent Mothers' Parenting

  • Nitz K
  • Ketterlinus R
  • Brandt L
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Abstract

Assessed the role of stress, social support, and family environment on parenting behavior of 75 primiparous African-American adolescent mothers (aged 14-19 yrs) of healthy infants (aged 4-29 mo). Ss were administered questionnaires (Arizona Social Support Interview Schedule, Parenting Stress Index, Family Environment Scale) and were observed in a 1-min teaching task with their babies. The adolescent mother's own mother was the most frequent provider of support. The baby's father was identified as the most frequent source of conflict. Ss who identified more individuals as a source of conflict tended to have less positive parenting behaviors. Child age and interpersonal conflict were significant predictors of maternal behavior. Social support moderated the effects of interpersonal conflict when conflicted networks were large. Parenting stress per se was not a significant predictor of maternal behavior. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2000 APA, all rights reserved)(unassigned) Record 33 of 59 in PsycINFO 1992-1995

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Authors

  • Katherine Nitz

  • Robert D. Ketterlinus

  • Linda J. Brandt

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