Support for this article was provided by Award Number T32HD007109 from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and by the Center for the Analysis of Pathways from Childhood to Adulthood (CAPCA), funded by the National Science Foundation (Grant 0322356).
Adolescent Pregnancy's Intergenerational Effects: Does an Adolescent Mother's Education Have Consequences for Her Children's Achievement?
Version of Record online: 7 NOV 2014
© 2014 The Authors. Journal of Research on Adolescence © 2014 Society for Research on Adolescence
Journal of Research on Adolescence
Volume 26, Issue 1, pages 180–193, March 2016
How to Cite
Tang, S., Davis-Kean, P. E., Chen, M. and Sexton, H. R. (2016), Adolescent Pregnancy's Intergenerational Effects: Does an Adolescent Mother's Education Have Consequences for Her Children's Achievement?. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 26: 180–193. doi: 10.1111/jora.12182
- Issue online: 11 MAR 2016
- Version of Record online: 7 NOV 2014
- National Science Foundation. Grant Number: 0322356
- Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development. Grant Number: T32HD007109
Although substantial work has examined the influence of adolescent pregnancy on mothers’ developmental outcomes, few studies have investigated the influence of adolescent mothers’ educational attainment on their children's achievement. This article examined the reading and math achievement trajectories of children born to adolescent and nonadolescent mothers with various levels of educational attainment. Results demonstrate that higher levels of maternal education predicted children's higher initial achievement at kindergarten and growth in achievement through eighth grade. The achievement of children with adolescent mothers, however, never reaches parity with the achievement of their peers with nonadolescent mothers. Race also predicted achievement differences. Black and Latino children of adolescent mothers were at greater risk for underachievement.