Predicting the risk of teenage pregnancy among African Americans
Hancock, Donna Lynn
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Based on data from a sample of 305 African American females, the current study examined social and familial factors that influence pregnancy during adolescence. The present study developed and tested a model of various mechanisms whereby quality of parenting effects the likelihood of adolescents’ pregnancy experience, including affiliation with peers who engage in risky sex, school engagement, and risky sexual behaviors. These social contextual variables were examined using a longitudinal design to investigate their relationships with adolescent pregnancy experience during early adolescence and into late adolescence. Findings from structural equation modeling analyses suggest that the association between quality of parenting and teenage pregnancy is mediated by affiliation with peers who engage in risky sex and risky sexual behaviors.