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dc.contributor.authorHancock, Donna Lynn
dc.description.abstractBased 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.
dc.subjectTeenage Pregnancy, African Americans, Adolescents
dc.titlePredicting the risk of teenage pregnancy among African Americans
dc.title.alternativean investigation of a social contextual model
dc.description.departmentChild and Family Development
dc.description.majorFamily and Consumer Sciences Education
dc.description.advisorLeslie Simons
dc.description.committeeLeslie Simons
dc.description.committeeRonald Simons

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