CitationWalker, D’Andre & Holtfreter, Kristy (2015). Adolescent Motherhood, Depression, and Delinquency. Journal of Child and Family Studies. pp. 1-10
AbstractThe present study investigated the influence of strain in the form of adolescent motherhood on maladaptive coping in the form of delinquency among 6628 adolescent females. A series of tobit regression analyses revealed a significant, negative effect of adolescent motherhood on delinquency, a finding that persisted when controlling for coping factors and other known correlates of crime. Although these results are contrary to the predictions of general strain theory, the findings lend some support to theoretical approaches that associate low-self control, low self-esteem, and social support with delinquency. The results underscore the importance of considering measures of opportunity in future tests of general strain theory.
Keyword(s)Teen motherhood General strain theory Depression Delinquency Maladaptive coping
Reference TypeJournal Article
Journal TitleJournal of Child and Family Studies