The role of familial support on adolescent mothers' parental competency and risk for depression
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Adolescent parenthood is associated with an array of adverse outcomes; however, familial support often serves to alleviate some of those negative effects. Based on data from 58 adolescent mothers, the current study explored who they sought support from over time and the level of emotional, financial, and childcare support received from various immediate and extended family members. As well, this study explored the influence of familial support on adolescent mothers’ parental competency and their risk for depression. Results revealed that although support decreased over time, adolescent mothers sought and received support more frequently from their own mothers in comparison to other members in their family system. Additionally, with few exceptions, the amount and type of support received was not significantly associated with their parental competency or risk for depression. Implications for practice are discussed.