Date of Award

Summer 1984

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Urban Services - Urban Education

Committee Director

Robert MacDonald

Committee Member

Ronald Proctor

Committee Member

Stephen W. Tonelson

Committee Member

Denny Wolfe


Statement of Problem. How do parenting profiles of adolescent mothers who attended an alternative school for pregnant students compare with adolescent mothers who did not attend this school?

Purpose. The purpose of this study was to compare the parenting perceptions of adolescent mothers who attended an alternative school for pregnant students and adolescent mothers who did not attend this school.

Procedure and Methods. The sample for this quasi-experimental study consisted of twenty volunteers who were enrolled in an alternative school and twenty volunteers who were admitted to a general hospital in Norfolk, Virginia. The school samples was the experimental group and the hospital sample was the control group. The treatment for the experimental group was a parenting education course. The subjects were between thirteen and nineteen years of age, nulliparas, and in the second trimester of pregnancy.

The Michigan Screening Profile of Parenting (MSPP) questionnaire was used for data collection. This questionnaire measured (a) emotional needs met, (b) relationship with parents, (c) expectations of children, and (d) coping. Data collection began in November, 1983.

To test null hypotheses 1 and 2, a two-tailed test was conducted. To test null hypothesis 3, the two-way analysis of variance was conducted. The level of statistical significance was at .05.

Conclusions. The following conclusions were drawn: (1) The adolescents who attended the alternative school had parenting profiles that were similar to the adolescents who did not attend this school; the majority of the sample had negative parenting profiles; (2) The parenting education course made a difference in the experimental group's perceptions regarding the expectations of their children when compared to the control group; (3) The experimental group's perceptions of coping in crisis situations were more positive when comparing pretest and posttest scores; (4) The control group's perceptions on the cluster measures were not significantly different when pretest and posttest scores were compared; (5) The control group had more subjects with positive perceptions on three clusters (ENM, RWP, and COP) as opposed to the experimental group, which had more subjects with positive perceptions on only one cluster (EOC); and (6) The three null hypotheses were retained.