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January 2011

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Ty Partridge


This secondary data analysis from the National Survey on Child and Adolescent Well-Being examined the parenting behaviors of young mothers who have suspected histories of abuse as they transitioned out of the child welfare system and become parents. The sample included 164 mothers between the ages of 18-21 years. Using multiple logistic regression harsh parenting behaviors were predicted using factors for each level of the young mother's ecological system. Results found that relationship with caregiver, an individual level factor, predicted severe harsh parenting, child age (microsystem) predicated mild and moderate levels of harsh parenting, and social support (exosystem) predicted moderate and severe levels of harsh parenting. Psychological risk, however, significantly predicted each level of harsh parenting. Therefore, results suggest not only providing parents with better parenting skills, but also help mend the parent-child relationship and improve mental health as it predicted each harsh parenting category including severe abuse.

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