Birth characteristics and developmental outcomes of infants of Mexican-origin adolescent mothers: Risk and promotive factors

Laudan B. Jahromi, Adriana J. Umaña-Taylor, Kimberly Updegraff, Ethelyn E. Lara

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Abstract

Infants of adolescent mothers are at increased risk for negative developmental outcomes. Given the high rate of pregnancy among Mexican-origin adolescent females in the US, the present study examined health characteristics at birth and developmental functioning at 10 months of age in a sample of 205 infants of Mexican-origin adolescent mothers. Infants were relatively healthy at birth and had near average developmental functioning at 10 months. The educational attainment of adolescents and their mothers, and infants' temperamental regulation, promoted positive developmental functioning, while the combination of low adolescent parental self-efficacy and high infant temperamental negativity was associated with greater developmental delay. Findings are discussed with respect to implications for prevention with this at-risk population of mothers and infants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)146-156
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Behavioral Development
Volume36
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2012

Keywords

  • Adolescent mothers
  • Child temperament
  • Infancy
  • Risk factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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