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J Marriage Fam. 2018 Apr;80(2):349-366. doi: 10.1111/jomf.12462. Epub 2018 Jan 30.

Mother-Grandmother and Mother-Father Coparenting Across Time among Mexican-Origin Adolescent Mothers and Their Families.

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1
Virginia Commonwealth University.
2
Harvard University.
3
Arizona State University.
4
Teachers College, Columbia University.

Abstract

The current study examined mothers' reports of coparenting relationship dynamics (i.e., conflict, communication) within and between mother-father and mother-grandmother subsystems from 10 months post-partum to 5 years post-partum among 178 Mexican-origin teen mothers (M age = 16.78 years; SD = 1.00). Specifically, within subsystems, more frequent mother-father coparenting conflict was associated with less frequent mother-father coparenting communication from 10 months to 5 years post-partum, and more frequent mother-father coparenting communication was associated with less frequent mother-father conflict from 3 to 4 years post-partum. Further, more frequent mother-grandmother coparenting communication was associated with less frequent mother-grandmother conflict from 10 months to 2 years post-partum. Regarding relations across subsystems, more frequent mother-father coparenting conflict was associated with more frequent mother-grandmother conflict from 10 to 24 months post-partum, as well as from 3 to 4 years post-partum. Findings have implications for future interventions focused on coparenting relationships within the context of adolescent parenthood.

KEYWORDS:

Hispanic/Latino/a; adolescent pregnancy; coparenting; family dynamics; longitudinal research

PMID:
29551837
PMCID:
PMC5851480
[Available on 2019-04-01]
DOI:
10.1111/jomf.12462

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