Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2008

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Human Development and Family Studies

First Advisor

Sedahila J. Crase

Second Advisor

Jacobus Lempers

Third Advisor

Mack C. Shelley, II

Abstract

This study investigated the social support network of pregnant (n=10) and parenting (n=22) teens recruited through local agencies. The support network was viewed both as support and as an agent of stress to adolescents. The pregnant and parenting teens' perceptions of motherhood and their attitudes toward being a parent were also studied. The teens had a variety of support types and support sources, but the two groups did not differ in those types and sources. They preferred support from boyfriend and mother over other sources and both groups had similar expectations and beliefs about motherhood and social support. The pregnant teens reported significantly more contact with the baby's father than the parenting teens. Results were discussed in terms of need for more support for the teens, but especially for the teen mothers.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-16556

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Cindy Ngoc Vo

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI1453141

OCLC Number

237056417

ISBN

9780549542117

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

85 pages

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