Perceived mother-daughter relations in a pregnant and nonpregnant adolescent sample.

C. F. Olson, J. Worobey

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This study investigated the differences in the mother-daughter relationship of pregnant and nonpregnant adolescents. Data were gathered from questionnaires completed by 40 nonpregnant and 20 pregnant adolescents. All respondents were single, secondary school students matched on all demographic variables except grade point average which was significantly lower for the pregnant group. Significant differences in perception of their relationships with their mothers were found on love, attention, and interdependence, with the pregnant group perceiving less of these factors. Findings were in the predicted direction on other factors, but not significantly. The pregnant group perceived less affection, disclosure, and fewer demands; and more rejection and casual rule-setting in the relationship. Results of this study support previous research that emphasizes the importance of scholastic achievement and strong parent-child relationships as insulators against premature parenthood.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)781-794
Number of pages14
Issue number76
StatePublished - Dec 1984

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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