Perceived Social Support and Cognitive Readiness to Parent as Predictors of Attachment, Parenting Style, and Parenting Stress: A Comparative Study of Adult and Adolescent Mothers

Natalie Selim Bailey, Pace University

Abstract

This study explores the differences between adult and adolescent mothers on attachment, parenting style, and parenting stress. It also explores whether cognitive readiness to parent and perceived social support are able to predict attachment, parenting style, and parenting stress. Participants included 100 mothers, 67 of whom were adult mothers and 33 were adolescent mothers. Findings indicated that in comparison to adult mothers, adolescent mothers report more security within their attachment to their children, tend to utilize more permissive parenting, and report more parenting stress. Significant differences were found between adult and adolescent mothers on cognitive readiness to parent and perceived social support, but these constructs did not predict the outcome variables. Clinical implications of these findings are discussed.^

Subject Area

Health Sciences, Mental Health|Psychology, General|Psychology, Clinical

Recommended Citation

Natalie Selim Bailey, "Perceived Social Support and Cognitive Readiness to Parent as Predictors of Attachment, Parenting Style, and Parenting Stress: A Comparative Study of Adult and Adolescent Mothers" (January 1, 2014). ETD Collection for Pace University. Paper AAI3580146.
http://digitalcommons.pace.edu/dissertations/AAI3580146

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