Puerto Rican mother-teenage daughter relationships: Application of the circumplex model to teenage motherhood

Carmen Hilda Ortiz-Mercado, Fordham University

Abstract

Puerto Rican mothers and their single-teenage daughters in 20 dyads where the daughters are mother and 20 dyads where the daughters are childless were compared using the Family Adaptability and Cohesion Evaluation Scales III (FACES III) circumplex model. The hypotheses tested were that mother/childless teenage dyads would have family types in the balanced categories and experience more relationship satisfaction. Mother/teenage mother dyads would fall in the extreme categories and would have less relationship satisfaction.^ More childless teenagers perceived family type as mixed while more teenage mothers perceived it as extreme. Teenage mothers tended to have lower adaptability satisfaction than childless teenagers.^ More mothers of teenage mothers tended to be more satisfied with the level of cohesion and adaptability than mothers of childless teenagers. More mothers of childless teenagers had disengaged cohesion and flexible adaptability. More mothers of teenage mothers had balanced cohesion and rigid adaptability. ^

Subject Area

Social work|Individual & family studies|Ethnic studies

Recommended Citation

Ortiz-Mercado, Carmen Hilda, "Puerto Rican mother-teenage daughter relationships: Application of the circumplex model to teenage motherhood" (1990). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI9501434.
http://fordham.bepress.com/dissertations/AAI9501434

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