Stress in Latino Families Following an Adolescent’s Childbearing: Effects on Family Relationships and Siblings Evelyn Ramirez
September 12, 2013
Stress in Latino Families Following an Adolescent's Childbearing BACKGROUND
In this study, it shows how teen childbearing can increase stress, effects family relationships and siblings in Latino families. The theory from this study was to see the behavior of young siblings and interactions with the mother and older sister. However, some of the socio-cultural theory impacts young children because it is deals with their environment and how living in the stressful household can influence them. Some behavior from this study shows how younger siblings, mostly girls, have a higher chance of getting pregnant at early age like their pregnant sister. This behavior is because the younger siblings are curious about being sexual active, thus getting pregnant themselves. Family stress can impact on the younger siblings by causing them to get depression, use drug, and do poorly in school. In the study, there were 243 Mexican American youth; 121 youth live with a pregnant sister, 72 are girls and 49 are boys. While 122 youth live without a pregnant sister, 78 of them are girls and 44 boys. All younger siblings were between 11 to 18 years of age and older sisters were between 15 to 19 years of age. The families with the pregnant teen were studied when the teen was in her third trimester. The children and their mother were studied 4 times point across 15 months: 2 months, 6 months, and 12 months postpartum. The families with no pregnant teen were studied at like intervals. However, researcher lost participants over the 15 month period, which in the end they had 196 participants. During the studied, the mother and siblings did a short in-person interview about background information and basic descriptive and a self- administered questionnaire in their homes during the 15 months....
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