Trajectories of developmental functioning among children of adolescent mothers: Factors associated with risk for delay

Laudan B. Jahromi, Adriana J. Umaña-Taylor, Kimberly Updegraff, Katharine H. Zeiders

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Scopus citations

Abstract

Children of adolescent mothers are at risk for developmental delays. Less is known about the heterogeneity in these children's developmental trajectories, and factors associated with different patterns of development. This longitudinal study used latent class growth analysis (LCGA) to identify distinct trajectories in children of Mexican-origin adolescent mothers (N = 204). Three distinct groups emerged: (a) a Delayed/Decreasing Functioning group, (b) an At-Risk/Recovering Functioning group, and (c) a Normative/Stable Functioning group. Children with Delayed/Decreasing Functioning were more likely than those with Normative/Stable Functioning to have families with lower income, fewer learning materials at home, and adolescent mothers with more depressive symptoms and greater coparental conflict with adolescents' mother figures. The results contribute to knowledge about factors associated with risk of delay.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)346-363
Number of pages18
JournalAmerican journal on intellectual and developmental disabilities
Volume121
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2016

Keywords

  • Adolescent mothers
  • Developmental delays
  • Developmental trajectories
  • Latent class growth analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Trajectories of developmental functioning among children of adolescent mothers: Factors associated with risk for delay'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this