Date of Award

7-28-2008

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Psychology

Committee Chair

Alyson Williams, PhD

Abstract

Children of adolescent mothers face adverse outcomes related to parental attachment, academics, psychosocial development, clinical disorders and transition into adulthood. In the United States there has been a recent peak in children born to adolescent mothers. Due to increasing numbers of these children and their risks for adverse outcomes, there is a need for effective assessment. Life Satisfaction assessment is an ideal way if identifying specific risks and informing intervention because it inherently contains domains associated with risks. This paper illuminates the broad constellation of risks that are common among children of adolescent mothers. Parallels regarding Life Satisfaction and specific risks are highlighted and substantiate the value of assessing Life Satisfaction. Future clinical and research implications are present.

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