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Ambul Pediatr. 2003 Sep-Oct;3(5):240-5.

The parenting project for teen mothers: the impact of a nurturing curriculum on adolescent parenting skills and life hassles.

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Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine, Children's Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass 02115, USA.



Many teen parents and their babies are at a significant disadvantage because of poverty and inadequate parenting skills. We undertook a study aimed at increasing parenting skills and improving attitudes of teen mothers through a structured psychoeducational group model based on the Nurturing Curriculum.


All adolescent mothers in the Young Parents' Program were offered enrollment in a 12-week group parenting curriculum (intervention group) and were compared with those who declined the intervention but agreed to participate as comparison subjects (comparison group). This study had an intervention-comparison group design with pretest and posttest measures, including the Adult-Adolescent Parenting Inventory (AAPI), the Maternal Self-Report Inventory (MSRI), and the Parenting Daily Hassles Scale (Hassles Scale).


There were 91 young mothers in the intervention group compared with 54 in the comparison group. While controlling for mother's age, baby's age, and race, the repeated-measures analyses showed that mothers who participated in the intervention group or attended more group sessions experienced improvements in their mothering role (MSRI) (trend), perception of childbearing experience (MSRI), appropriate developmental expectations of their child (AAPI), empathy for the baby (AAPI), and a reduction in the frequency of hassles in child and family events (Hassles Scale).


The intervention group showed improvement in parenting skills and life hassles after participation in the intervention curriculum. More interventions are needed to confirm the positive effect of the group-based interventions on parenting and life skills of young mothers that may improve the social, emotional, and cognitive outcomes for the children born to teen parents.

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