A study of the relationship of support systems and adolescent pregnancy outcomes in an adolescent family life project
This study analyzed the relationship of family support systems and adolescent pregnancy outcomes. The population for the study was 390 adolescents who had attended the Marion County Health Department Adolescent Family Life Project in Indianapolis, Indiana during a two-year period. The study is unique in that it afforded the opportunity to compare adolescent pregnancy-related characteristics, of white and non-white adolescents in the same study. The pregnancy outcomes studied were: Infant birthweight, school attendance, and pregnancy recidivism. Significant results were found in the analysis that supported other research in regard to factors that are associated with school attendance when family support, adolescent's age, and ethnicity were controlled. Infant birthweight and repeat pregnancy outcome relationships were not found to have any consistently significant relationship with independent variables anticipated to be associated. However, the comparisons of infant birthweight among the adolescents with, and without, family support, by ethnicity resulted in some interesting findings. Repeat pregnancy proved an enigma, in that there seemed to be almost no variables in this study that were associated with the adolescent having a repeat pregnancy. Familial support in this study seemed to be of less importance as a factor in adolescent pregnancy outcomes than was ethnicity. The non-white adolescents in this study had a better record for remaining in school, both those non-white adolescents who lived with parents, and those who did not live with parents. More low birthweight occurred in the non-white adolescent, both those adolescents who lived with parents, and those who did not live with parents. Repeat pregnancy occurred more in the non-white adolescent whether she lived with parents, or did not live with parents.
Gardner, Kathryn J. Yost, "A study of the relationship of support systems and adolescent pregnancy outcomes in an adolescent family life project" (1988). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI9020179.