Risk Behaviors among Offspring of Teen Parents: Effects of Parenting on the Next Generation

Ongoing since 2016

Project Director: Jennifer Grossman, Ph.D.
Funded by: National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

This study addresses the potential of maternal and paternal parenting processes to reduce high risk of early sex and teen pregnancy for offspring of teen parents. It will use the first three waves of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health) data to investigate whether protective effects of maternal and paternal parenting on adolescents’ and emerging adults’ sexual health extend to teen-parent families. It will also assess variation in parenting processes within teen-parent families and its associations with sexual behaviors. This work will provide recommendations for how pediatricians and other health care providers can support offspring of teen parents in order to combat the costs of intergenerational early sex and teen pregnancy for this at-risk group.