A Longitudinal Examination of Support, Self-Esteem, and Mexican-Origin Adolescent Mothers' Parenting Efficacy

Adriana J. Umaña-Taylor, Amy B. Guimond, Kimberly Updegraff, Laudan B. Jahromi

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Abstract

Guided by a risk and resilience framework, this study used a prospective longitudinal, multiple-reporter design to examine how social support from a mother figure during pregnancy interacted with Mexican-origin adolescent mothers' self-esteem to inform their parenting efficacy when their children were 10 months old. Using reports of perceived social support by adolescent mothers (Mage=16.24, SD=0.99) and their mother figures (Mage=40.84, SD=7.04) in 205 dyads, and controlling for demographic factors (i.e., adolescent age, adolescent nativity, family income, mothers' educational attainment, adolescent - mother coresidence) and adolescents' social support from a significant other, the findings indicated that social support during pregnancy was positively associated with adolescent mothers' future parenting efficacy when adolescent mothers had relatively lower self-esteem. The findings were consistent for adolescents' and mothers' reports and emphasize the value of social support from a mother figure among adolescent mothers with lower self-esteem. Implications for interventions are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)746-759
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Marriage and Family
Volume75
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2013

Keywords

  • Adolescent mothers
  • Latino
  • Mexican origin
  • Parenting efficacy
  • Social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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