Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal

, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp 275–283 | Cite as

The unwed adolescent father's perceptions of his family and of himself as a father

  • Kenneth Christmon


The study reported in this paper investigated how an adolescent father's relationship with his family of origin affects his relationship with his own child. The dependent variable was parental behavior. The adolescent father's perceived role conceptions of his parents and his feeling and attitudes toward his family were the independent variables. The study included a non-random sample of 43 African-American unwed adolescent fathers. The findings of the study indicated a father's parental behavior was influenced by his perceived role conceptions of his mother and his feelings and attitudes toward his family of origin.


Social Psychology Parental Behavior Role Conception Adolescent Father 
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© Human Sciences Press 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenneth Christmon
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Social WorkRutgers UniversityNew Brunswick

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