Master's Theses

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access

Date of Award

Spring 1996

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)




Susan Parker-Rice


The purpose of this study was to compare parenting attitudes of adolescent mothers and teenagers who have never had a child. Previous research indicates that teenagers may be at an increased risk for atypical patterns of parenting that could have detrimental effects for both the mother and the child. The adolescent parent group and the nonparenting teenage group completed a demographic questionnaire and the Child Abuse Potential Inventory. It was expected that the adolescent mothers’ scores would be elevated using the 166 cut-off criteria as compared to teenagers who have not parented a child. Additionally, it was expected that the nonparenting teenage control group would have higher scores compared to nonabusive parents on whom the CAP was normed. The findings revealed that both adolescent groups exceeded the 166 cut-off but did not significantly differ from each other on the Abuse scale.


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