Parenting on edge: Economically stressed, single, African American adolescent mothers

Miriam H. Mulsow, Velma Mc BRIDE Murry

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This study examines the extent to which participating in a hospital-based home visiting program predicted positive outcomes for adolescent mothers and their children. Based on data obtained from 51 African American economically stressed mothers, results revealed that those participating in the program were less likely to have subsequent pregnancies and sought more medical care for their children, resulting in healthier babies. Significant influence of program participation on incidence of child abuse and neglect was not found. Findings from the study have implications for public policy, education, and prevention program development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)704-721
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Family Issues
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1996


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