Preoedipal fixation: Its contribution to pregnancy in early adolescence

Babette R. Bierman, Joseph S. Bierman

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Abstract

The authors studied 50 girls, 15 years old and younger, to determine whether early problems in the relationship with their mothers are a significant component of their becoming pregnant. A pattern of deprivation and inconstancy was found, both in their early care by their teenage mothers and in the care that they were giving to their own infants. This pattern is consistent with Blos's theory that preoedipal fixation can contribute to early pregnancy. The girls' inconsistent care of their children, which perhaps is causing preoedipal fixations, may be laying the groundwork for the continuation of the adolescent pregnancy cycle.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-55
Number of pages11
JournalInfant Mental Health Journal
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1985

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Pregnancy in Adolescence
Mothers
Child Care
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  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Preoedipal fixation : Its contribution to pregnancy in early adolescence. / Bierman, Babette R.; Bierman, Joseph S.

In: Infant Mental Health Journal, Vol. 6, No. 1, 1985, p. 45-55.

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Bierman, Babette R. ; Bierman, Joseph S. / Preoedipal fixation : Its contribution to pregnancy in early adolescence. In: Infant Mental Health Journal. 1985 ; Vol. 6, No. 1. pp. 45-55.
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