Prior Personal Relationships Predict How Well Teens Function as Parents

Study of young, economically disadvantaged parents and their children

    • January 28, 2003

In 1999–2001, the University of Utah Department of Psychology conducted the third round of data collection and analysis for the Young Parenthood Project.

The long-term goal of the Young Parenthood Project is to develop and implement a preventive intervention program designed to facilitate positive adjustment to parenthood.

Key Findings

  • Adjustment to parenthood is influenced by a complex confluence of factors.
  • Many young couples appeared to have adjusted to parenthood more positively than expected given their particular set of obstacles.
  • The quality of a young couple's relationship is a potent predictor of how well an adolescent mother and her partner will function as parents and co-parents.
  • Young couples' own parents are valuable resources in their adjustment to parenthood.