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Parenting versus Placing for Adoption: Consequences for Adolescent Mothers

Brenda W. Donnelly and Patricia Voydanoff
Family Relations
Vol. 45, No. 4 (Oct., 1996), pp. 427-434
DOI: 10.2307/585172
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/585172
Page Count: 8
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Parenting versus Placing for Adoption: Consequences for Adolescent Mothers
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Abstract

This study examines the consequences of parenting versus placing for adoption over a 24-month period following childbirth. Multivariate analyses that control for baseline differences indicate that placers are somewhat more likely to express regret over their parenting decision, have higher levels of socioeconomic status, and engage in less sexual risk-taking behaviors over the course of the study than nonplacers. No significant differences in depression or personal efficacy were found. The subsequent higher socioeconomic status of placers is seen to slightly counteract the negative relationship between placing for adoption and satisfaction with parenting decision.

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