Does father warmth/involvement predict intergenerational teenage pregnancy and adolescent risky sexual behavior?

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dc.contributor Scofield, Jason M.
dc.contributor Witte, Tricia H.
dc.contributor Bolland, Anneliese C.
dc.contributor.advisor Scofield, Jason M.
dc.contributor.author Carter, Vanessa Christine
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-01T17:09:09Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-01T17:09:09Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0001617
dc.identifier.other Carter_alatus_0004M_11586
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/2071
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Previous studies highlight many disadvantages for adolescent mothers who experience an early pregnancy. Among these disadvantages is the high probability of single-parenthood and the likelihood that their children may experience early pregnancies as well, i.e., intergenerational teenage pregnancy. The implications of the Balance Theory suggest that the primary source of warmth for adolescent girls comes from their fathers. Adolescent girls who grow up in father-absent homes may seek this missing warmth outside of the home in intimate sexual relationships. Using data from the Mobile Youth and Poverty Study (MYPS), single mothers who reported giving birth between the ages of 12-19 and their 15-year-old daughters were chosen for the current study. It was hypothesized that adolescent girls in father-absent homes would be more likely to experience an adolescent pregnancy and engage in more risky sexual behavior. Although a small portion of the sample actually experienced an early pregnancy (n=19), levels of father warmth significantly predicted whether adolescent girls had initiated sexual intercourse by age 15 as well as frequency and recency of the sexual intercourse.
dc.format.extent 40 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Social research
dc.subject.other African American studies
dc.title Does father warmth/involvement predict intergenerational teenage pregnancy and adolescent risky sexual behavior?
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Human Development and Family Studies
etdms.degree.discipline Human Development and Family Studies
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level master's
etdms.degree.name M.S.


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