More than 2 million cases of child maltreatment are reported each year. Of these, child neglect is the largest single category. Teen mothers are at particular risk of neglecting their children. Past research indicates that successful teen mothers usually create supportive social relationships that help sustain them during difficult times. The majority of teen parents experience irregular and chaotic living patterns that challenge their ability to build support. Community-based parenting programs may hold promise for supporting teens, however, evaluations of these programs have largely concentrated on changes in parental attitudes or knowledge with few reporting actual impact on child neglect. The purpose of this pilot study is to begin to address some of these knowledge gaps by providing: (1) a detailed picture of the scope of existing teen parenting programs; (2) a detailed understanding of what formal and informal community supports teen mothers are using, why they use them, and how they use them; and (3) a precise quantitative estimate of how much time mothers and children engage in essential developmental interaction.
Amount Awarded $750,000.00
Awarded on: 5/26/2000
Time frame: 6/1/2000 - 11/30/2003
Grant Number: 37224