Some studies of physical abuse, in particular, reveal that teenage mothers exhibit higher rates of child abuse than older mothers do. Other factors such as lower economic status, lack of social support, and high stress levels contribute to the link between young parents and child abuse. Resources include State and local examples.
Intergenerational Transmission of Maladaptive Parenting Strategies in Families of Adolescent Mothers: Effects from Grandmothers to Young Children
Seay & Jahromi & Umaña-Taylor & Updegraff (2016)
Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 44 (8), p. 1097-1109
Physical Abuse of Children Born to Adolescent Mothers: The Continuation of the Relationship Into Adult Motherhood and the Role of Identity
Afifi & Brownridge (2008)
In Child Abuse and Violence
Examines teen mothers and their relationships with the child welfare system after they enter adulthood to determine if their children are still at a greater risk of child maltreatment than children who are not born to teen mothers. Results support the hypothesis that children of teen mothers are more likely to experience child abuse and neglect.
A Population-Level and Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Mothers and Intergenerational Maltreatment
Putnam-Hornstein, Cederbaum, King, Eastman, & Trickett (2015)
American Journal of Epidemiology, 181(7)
Discusses rates of child maltreatment among young mothers with histories of abuse.
Is My Baby Safe?: Straight Talk to Teen Parents on Child Abuse and Neglect (PDF - 264 KB)
Public Counsel Law Center (2008)
Provides information for teen parents on what could cause them to harm their child. The brochure includes a definition of child abuse and neglect, mandating reporting, and the investigation procedure for Los Angeles County, California.
Teenage Births: Outcomes for Young Parents and Their Children (PDF - 4587 KB)
Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy (2008)
Provides information on data from New York on teen births and negative outcomes for children of teen parents. Results include higher rates of child abuse and neglect.