Parental nurturance and the mental health and parenting of urban african american adolescent mothers

Amy Lewin, Stephanie J. Mitchell, Stacy Hodgkinson, Lori Burrell, Lee S.A. Beers, Anne K. Duggan

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Abstract

This study examined the relationship between a teen mother's perceptions of nurturance from her mother and father and her mental health and parenting attitudes. One-hundred and thirtyeight urban, primarily African American adolescent mothers were interviewed. Multivariate results indicate that teen mothers who felt nurtured by their mothers had greater empathy toward their own children, and those who felt nurtured by their fathers reported greater parenting satisfaction. These findings support the importance of interventions that include supporting nurturing parenting of adolescent mothers by their mothers and their fathers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)311-325
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Family Social Work
Volume14
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2011

Keywords

  • Adolescent mother
  • Nurturance
  • Parent-grandparent relationship
  • Parenting
  • Young children

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science

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