Exploring behavioral intentions among young mothers

Howard M. Turney, Pat Conway, Pam Plummer, Samuel E. Adkins, George Cliff Hudson, David A. McLeod, Aileen Zafaroni

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This study examined the relationship between young mothers' individual characteristics (demographics and self-efficacy), social support, and behavioral intentions regarding education and child bearing. Using a home visiting model, the program recruited 141 teen mothers to participate. Young mothers completed an initial assessment, measuring demographics, self-efficacy, intentions regarding completion of high school and delaying a second pregnancy, and financial and social support. The young mothers reported relatively high levels of self-efficacy and an intention to complete high school. They depended primarily on parents for housing, financial support, and someone to talk to.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)298-310
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Family Social Work
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2011

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Funding Information:
This publication was made possible by Grant Number APH PA 006032 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The statements and opinions expressed are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Department.


  • Behavioral intentions
  • Home visiting
  • Parenting
  • Teen mothers


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