M.S. (Master of Science)
Department of Human and Family Resources
Teenage mothers--psychology; Conflict of generations; Mothers and daughters
The purpose of the present study was to investigate the teen mother's perceptions of the frequency and the intensity of conflicts in her relationship with her adult mother during the teen's transition to parenthood. Sixty-two teen mothers were administered questionnaires that measured the teen's perceptions of (a) the emotional support provided to her by the adult mother, (b) the degree of autonomy permitted to her by the adult mother, and (c) the involvement of the adult mother in the care of the teen's infant, in relation to the frequency and intensity of conflicts between the teen mother and the adult mother. Significant positive correlations were found to exist between the teen's perceptions of autonomy and the frequency and intensity of conflicts in the teen mother and adult mother relationship. In addition, a significant negative correlation was found between the teen's perceptions of emotional support and the intensity of the conflicts in the relationship. It was found that the teen's perception of personal autonomy was the most significant predictor of the frequency of conflicts between the teen mother and the adult mother. The amount of emotional support provided by the adult mother and the involvement of the adult mother in the care of the teen's infant were the most significant predictors of the intensity of conflicts.
Harpel, Tammy S., "Perceived conflict in the teen mother and adult mother relationship during the teen's transition to parenthood" (1995). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 4295.
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