Master's Theses

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access

Date of Award

Summer 1994

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)




Susan Parker-Rice


The identification of personality characteristics found to distinguish pregnant teenagers from established adolescent norms may eventually help various professionals to identify those female adolescents who are at greatest risk of becoming pregnant during their teen years. The ability to target at-risk teens before they become pregnant may also aid in the development of school programs and support groups which focus on the prevention of teenage pregnancy. The purpose of this study was to examine the personality characteristics common to pregnant teenagers. The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-Adolescent (MMPI-A) was administered to 38 pregnant teenagers. Results of the composite profiles were within the normal range of personality functioning. However, the Hispanic subjects in this study were found to have lower self esteem and to experience more feelings of alienation than the white and black pregnant teenagers who participated in this study.


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