Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Human Development and Family Studies
Adolescent pregnancy can create many stressors and difficulties for the adolescent mother, father, and the young child. The current study examines the impact that fathers of children with adolescent mothers can have on children's developmental outcomes as well as adolescent mothers reported satisfaction with life. Data were taken from the Parenting For the First Time Study with data on father involvement and maternal satisfaction taken at 4, 8, and 18 months, and child outcome data taken when the child was 24 months. Direct and indirect effects of father involvement were examined using Structural Equation Modeling. Despite an excellent-fitting model, regression weights were not significant and the overall hypothesis was not supported. Implications and future research are discussed based on current research and significant correlational data.
Malloy, Emily, "Fathers of children with adolescent mothers: Involvement and children's developmental outcomes at 24 months of age" (2012). Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 12742.