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Stoiber, Karen Callan, 1954-

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M.A. (Master of Arts)

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Department of Psychology


Parenting--Psychological aspects; Teenage mothers--psychology


Forty-three adolescent mothers and their children ages 1 month to 31 months participated in a study investigating parental cognitions as predictors of parenting behaviors. Approximately 70% of the mothers were African-American and 30% were white. All mothers were of low socioeconomic status and single. Subjects completed self-report questionnaires assessing parental beliefs, knowledge of child development, and perception of parental stress. Additionally, subjects completed a measure of verbal ability. Parental behaviors were analyzed through the use of videotapes of parent-child interactions. Results indicated that parental beliefs was an important predictor variable for several of the observed parenting behaviors. Parental beliefs also emerged as a possible mediator of level of perceived stress in facilitating more competent affective and behavioral involvement in adolescent mothers. Implications regarding parent modification programs for adolescent mothers that target parental beliefs were discussed. In addition, implications for further research examining populations of parents that differ on important variables from the adolescent mothers examined in the present study were discussed .


Includes bibliographical references (pages [88]-101)


149 pages




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