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NCJ Number: 228650 Find in a Library
Title: Early Motherhood and Harsh Parenting: The Role of Human, Social, and Cultural Capital
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:33  Issue:9  Dated:September 2009  Pages:625-637
Author(s): Yookyong Lee
Date Published: September 2009
Page Count: 13
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
Bethesda, MD 20892-2425
Grant Number: R01 HD36916;R01 HD39135;R01 HD40421
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the role of maternal human, social, and cultural capital in the relationship between early motherhood and harsh parenting behavior.
Abstract: Results from this study support findings from previous studies that adolescent mothers are at higher risk for physical child abuse. This pattern of findings indicates that untimely, early childbearing is a significant risk factor for harsh parenting behavior. In addition, the findings suggest that the prevention of adolescent motherhood must be a priority for professionals working with youth. For years, researchers have asked whether adolescent mothers are more likely to maltreat their children than older mothers. Much research has focused on and identified the link between human capital related characteristics, such as education, income, mental, and physical health and risk or protective factors for physical child abuse/harsh parenting behavior among adolescent mothers. However, few studies such as this study have examined how parenting behavior might be determined when human, social, and cultural capital is considered in combination. Data were used from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing (FFCW) study. Tables and references
Main Term(s): Adolescent parents
Index Term(s): Adolescent females; Children at risk; Environmental influences; Home environment; Neglectful parents; Parental attitudes; Social conditions
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