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Child Dev. 1988 Aug;59(4):1056-60.

The relation of family and partner support to the adjustment of adolescent mothers.

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Department of Individual and Family Studies, University of Delaware, Newark 19716.

Abstract

The influence of teenage mothers' perceptions of family and partner social support on their postpartum adjustment was examined in this study. A structured interview with teenage mothers was conducted prenatally and a follow-up assessment was done when their children were 8 months of age. Both partner and family support were related to greater satisfaction with life, but each was associated in a different way with parenting and concerns about daily living. The results indicate the importance of distinguishing between specific sources of social support and different aspects of adjustment to teen parenthood.

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The influence of teenage mothers' perceptions of family and partner social support on their postpartum adjustment was examined in this study. A structured interview with teenage mothers was conducted prenatally and a follow-up assessment was done when their children were 8 months of age. Both partner and family support were related to greater satisfaction with life, but each was associated in a different way with parenting and concerns about daily living. At both assessment periods, family support was related to maternal reports of fewer concerns with daily living and with financial matters, whereas support from the male partner showed no such associations; this difference is most likely due to the fact that 75% of the teen mothers in this sample continued to live in their parents' homes and were therefore primarily dependent on their family of origin, rather than on their mates, for satisfaction of practical needs. However, the teen mother's parenting behavior--as assessed by her responsiveness to the infant and the total home score--was associated with her perceptions of current partner support and not related to perceived current family supportiveness. The results indicate the importance of distinguishing between specific sources of social support and different aspects of adjustment to teen parenthood.

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