The Role of Young Mothers' Coping with Parenting Stress in the Quality of their Parenting.
Abstract: Adolescent parenting is a risk factor for poor parenting quality.
Young mothers are exposed to multiple stressors which may decrease their capacity for
sensitive caregiving. Nonetheless, there is a large degree of variability in the quality of
teen mothers' parenting. Embedded in a longitudinal randomized controlled trial evaluation
of a large child maltreatment prevention home visit... read moreing program, this dissertation study
examined whether differences in how adolescent mothers cope with parenting stress help
explain this heterogeneity in parenting outcomes. To answer this question, the author
developed and validated a measure of reflective coping. The proposed factor structure of
coping was evaluated using confirmatory factor analysis. The analysis did not confirm the
structure of the originally proposed model of coping but a revised model fit the data well.
Results confirmed the hypothesis that the negative impact of risk factors was weakened when
mothers engaged in higher reflective coping. This study enhances our understanding of
antecedents of positive parenting in high-risk populations and informs prevention
programming and policy.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Tufts University, 2012.
Submitted to the Dept. of Child Development.
Advisor: M. Ann Easterbrooks.
Committee: Donald Wertlieb, Xiaodong Liu, and Sally Powers.
Keyword: Developmental psychology.read less