The Father in the Adolescent Pregnancy at Risk for Child Maltreatment. I. Helpmate or Hinderance?

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Journal of Family Violence
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Bolton, F. G.
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This study examines the characteristics of 145 fathers in adolescent mother-child relationships previously determined to be ""high-risk'' for child abuse. The hypothesis that the fathers in these high-risk relationships may bring elements to the environment and relationship which exacerbate the existing risk (e.g., occupational, educational, and financial problems) was supported. In addition, speculation was offered that certain personal characteristics of the fathers such as alcohol/substance abuse and criminal records would serve to predict greater rates of ultimate relationship failure. 2 tables and 18 references. (Author abstract modified)

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