Social support and adaptation to the parent role in first-time adolescent mothers. Academic Article uri icon


  • The relationship between social support and adaptation to parenthood for first-time adolescent mothers was investigated in this descriptive correlational study. The outcomes of adaptation were defined as the synchrony of parent-infant interaction and the level of stress related to parenting. A nonprobability sample of 18 adolescent, first-time mothers who had an uncomplicated perinatal experiences and delivered healthy, term newborns were selected. Data were collected during a home interview at one month postpartum. The measure of social support was significantly related to parent-infant reciprocity. Total functional support scores were inversely, but not significantly, correlated with total scores of stress related to parenting (r = -.31). Finally, the measure of reciprocity and the measure of stress related to parenting were inversely but not significantly related.

published proceedings

  • J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs

author list (cited authors)

  • Dormire, S. L., Strauss, S. S., & Clarke, B. A.

citation count

  • 23

complete list of authors

  • Dormire, SL||Strauss, SS||Clarke, BA

publication date

  • July 1989