Mother-Grandmother and Mother-Father Coparenting Across Time Among Mexican-Origin Adolescent Mothers and Their Families

Chelsea L. Derlan, Adriana J. Umaña-Taylor, Kimberly Updegraff, Laudan B. Jahromi

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Abstract

The current study examined mothers' reports of coparenting relationship dynamics (i.e., conflict, communication) within and between mother-father and mother-grandmother subsystems from 10months postpartum to 5years postpartum among 178 Mexican-origin teen mothers (M age=16.78years; SD=1.00). Within subsystems, more frequent mother-father coparenting conflict was associated with less frequent mother-father coparenting communication from 10months to 5years postpartum, and more frequent mother-father coparenting communication was associated with less frequent mother-father conflict from 3 to 4years postpartum. Furthermore, more frequent mother-grandmother coparenting communication was associated with less frequent mother-grandmother conflict from 10months to 2years postpartum. Regarding relations across subsystems, more frequent mother-father coparenting conflict was associated with more frequent mother-grandmother conflict from 10months to 2years postpartum, as well as from 3 to 4years postpartum. Findings have implications for future interventions focused on coparenting relationships within the context of adolescent parenthood.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Marriage and Family
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018

Keywords

  • Adolescent pregnancy
  • Coparenting
  • Family dynamics
  • Hispanic/Latino/a
  • Longitudinal research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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