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Title: Cognitive Development among the Children of Adolescent Mothers
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1. Moore, Kristin Anderson
Snyder, Nancy O.
Cognitive Development among the Children of Adolescent Mothers
Working Paper, Child Trends, Inc., Washington DC, 1991
Cohort(s): Children of the NLSY79, NLSY79
Publisher: Child Trends, Inc.
Keyword(s): Adolescent Fertility; Aid for Families with Dependent Children (AFDC); Birthweight; Child Development; Childbearing; Children; Children, Academic Development; Children, Home Environment; Hispanics; Home Observation for Measurement of Environment (HOME); Mothers, Adolescent; Racial Differences; Teenagers

The consequences of early childbearing for the intellectual achievement of young children are examined. Earlier studies have suggested that mothers who were early childbearers and those who are high-school dropouts have children who fare worse than the children of older mothers and those who were progressing normally in school. Data on the children born to women in the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, together with week-by-week school enrollment data for each mother, allowed the examination of this hypothesis. Separate analyses of black, Hispanic, and non-minority children were made. Children's cognitive abilities were most strongly predicted by the mother's cognitive test score. Mother's age at first birth and school enrollment status at conception proved to be less important predictors of the child's cognitive score compared to the powerful prediction made by her Armed Forces Qualifying Test score. While environmental factors were relatively weak predictors, measures of the stimulating nature of the child's home increased the predictive power in regression sets. It must be concluded that there is strong selectivity into school failure and teenage parenthood; and that the low parental ability as measured here is clearly evident in the next generation.
Bibliography Citation
Moore, Kristin Anderson and Nancy O. Snyder. "Cognitive Development among the Children of Adolescent Mothers." Working Paper, Child Trends, Inc., Washington DC, 1991.