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Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Human Development and Family Studies

First Advisor

Sedahlia Jasper Crase


The focus of the current study was to compare parenting and nonparenting adolescent girls on individual, familial and social variables. Subjects included 96 adolescents ranging in age from 15 to 20 years (M=17 years). Of the sample, 55 were parenting teens and 41 were nonparenting teens; 60 percent white, 12 percent Black; seven percent Oriental, four percent Hispanic, one percent Native American and 10 percent others. All subjects were currently attending alternative high schools in a large Midwestern metropolitan area. All measures were self-report and retrospective;Comparative analyses, consisting of t-tests, and chi square analyses, were conducted on select variables to determine differences between the two groups. In addition a hierarchical multiple regression model was run to identify variables that predict teen parenting. Results indicated parenting teens differed from their nonparenting age mates in a number of ways. Specifically, parenting teens were less likely to be white, less likely to miss school, and less likely to be employed. In addition, these young parents were more likely to have had a sexual experience, and less likely to have parents that abuse alcohol, than nonparenting teens. In comparing parenting teens with nonparenting teens on family variables, parenting teens are more likely to have fathers who are unmarried, with less education, and mothers that used psychological control strategies in their parenting. Finally, two parent families, less sexual abuse, less father education, and girls who were younger when they lost their virginity were found predictive of teenage parenting.



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