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.
For Young Parents
Sexual Health Initiatives For Teens
Shares information on the education and medical rights of pregnant and parenting teens currently in school. The resource also offers information on where teen parents can access support resources such as, finding child care, finding support groups, financial benefits, and recommendations to stay healthy.
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)
Provides age-specific resources designed to equip parents to develop their children’s emotional, physical, and mental health.
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.
Development Services Group, Inc.; Child Welfare Information Gateway
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Provides practical guidance for preparing teenage parents to care for their children.