Adolescent Motherhood, Depression, and Delinquency

D’Andre ’A Walker, Kristy Reisig

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

5 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

The present study investigated the influence of strain in the form of adolescent motherhood on maladaptive coping in the form of delinquency among 6628 adolescent females. A series of tobit regression analyses revealed a significant, negative effect of adolescent motherhood on delinquency, a finding that persisted when controlling for coping factors and other known correlates of crime. Although these results are contrary to the predictions of general strain theory, the findings lend some support to theoretical approaches that associate low-self control, low self-esteem, and social support with delinquency. The results underscore the importance of considering measures of opportunity in future tests of general strain theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)939-948
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Child and Family Studies
Volume25
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016

Fingerprint

motherhood
delinquency
Depression
adolescent
coping
female adolescent
self-control
Crime
Self Concept
Social Support
self-esteem
social support
Regression Analysis
offense
regression

Keywords

  • Delinquency
  • Depression
  • General strain theory
  • Maladaptive coping
  • Teen motherhood

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

Cite this

Adolescent Motherhood, Depression, and Delinquency. / Walker, D’Andre ’A; Reisig, Kristy.

In: Journal of Child and Family Studies, Vol. 25, No. 3, 01.03.2016, p. 939-948.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Walker, D’Andre ’A ; Reisig, Kristy. / Adolescent Motherhood, Depression, and Delinquency. In: Journal of Child and Family Studies. 2016 ; Vol. 25, No. 3. pp. 939-948.
@article{46792b7c0526455e9efdc3dc16506bdc,
title = "Adolescent Motherhood, Depression, and Delinquency",
abstract = "The present study investigated the influence of strain in the form of adolescent motherhood on maladaptive coping in the form of delinquency among 6628 adolescent females. A series of tobit regression analyses revealed a significant, negative effect of adolescent motherhood on delinquency, a finding that persisted when controlling for coping factors and other known correlates of crime. Although these results are contrary to the predictions of general strain theory, the findings lend some support to theoretical approaches that associate low-self control, low self-esteem, and social support with delinquency. The results underscore the importance of considering measures of opportunity in future tests of general strain theory.",
keywords = "Delinquency, Depression, General strain theory, Maladaptive coping, Teen motherhood",
author = "Walker, {D’Andre ’A} and Kristy Reisig",
year = "2016",
month = "3",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1007/s10826-015-0268-6",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "25",
pages = "939--948",
journal = "Journal of Child and Family Studies",
issn = "1062-1024",
publisher = "Springer New York",
number = "3",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Adolescent Motherhood, Depression, and Delinquency

AU - Walker, D’Andre ’A

AU - Reisig, Kristy

PY - 2016/3/1

Y1 - 2016/3/1

N2 - The present study investigated the influence of strain in the form of adolescent motherhood on maladaptive coping in the form of delinquency among 6628 adolescent females. A series of tobit regression analyses revealed a significant, negative effect of adolescent motherhood on delinquency, a finding that persisted when controlling for coping factors and other known correlates of crime. Although these results are contrary to the predictions of general strain theory, the findings lend some support to theoretical approaches that associate low-self control, low self-esteem, and social support with delinquency. The results underscore the importance of considering measures of opportunity in future tests of general strain theory.

AB - The present study investigated the influence of strain in the form of adolescent motherhood on maladaptive coping in the form of delinquency among 6628 adolescent females. A series of tobit regression analyses revealed a significant, negative effect of adolescent motherhood on delinquency, a finding that persisted when controlling for coping factors and other known correlates of crime. Although these results are contrary to the predictions of general strain theory, the findings lend some support to theoretical approaches that associate low-self control, low self-esteem, and social support with delinquency. The results underscore the importance of considering measures of opportunity in future tests of general strain theory.

KW - Delinquency

KW - Depression

KW - General strain theory

KW - Maladaptive coping

KW - Teen motherhood

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84957842065&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84957842065&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1007/s10826-015-0268-6

DO - 10.1007/s10826-015-0268-6

M3 - Article

VL - 25

SP - 939

EP - 948

JO - Journal of Child and Family Studies

JF - Journal of Child and Family Studies

SN - 1062-1024

IS - 3

ER -