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Maternal educational expectations and Latina adolescents' childbearing attitudes: The mediating roles of communication about education and daughters' educational expectations

Author:
Mireles-Rios, Rebeca
Degree Grantor:
University of California, Santa Barbara. Education
Degree Supervisor:
Laura F. Romo
Place of Publication:
[Santa Barbara, Calif.]
Publisher:
University of California, Santa Barbara
Creation Date:
2012
Issued Date:
2012
Topics:
Women's Studies, Psychology, Developmental, Sociology, Individual and Family Studies, Psychology, Social, and Education, Educational Psychology
Keywords:
Mothers
Teenage pregnancy
Childbearing attitudes
Communication
Latina adolescents
Educational expectations
Genres:
Dissertations, Academic and Online resources
Dissertation:
Ph.D.--University of California, Santa Barbara, 2012
Description:

Research suggests that parents' expectations for their adolescents' college attainment contribute to their adolescents' expectations, and that adolescent girls' expectations to attend college play a role in preventing and postponing teenage pregnancy. Through structural equation modeling, the present investigation examined the influence of maternal educational expectations on their daughters' childbearing attitudes and whether it was mediated through communication about education and the daughters' educational expectations. One hundred and forty-six Latina adolescent girls and their mothers from low-income backgrounds completed measures tapping into their educational expectations as measured by their certainty regarding whether the girls could reach their educational goals, communication about education, the girls' desired childbearing ages and their attitudes toward teenage pregnancy. In addition to survey measures, educational communication was assessed by coding educational messages in videotaped mother-daughter conversations about dating and sexuality. Results indicated that mothers with higher educational expectations engaged in more communication with their daughters about the value of education, which in turn was associated with the daughters having more rejecting attitudes toward teenage pregnancy. Mothers' and daughters' expectations were positively associated, and daughters' high expectations was linked to desires to have a first child at older ages. Findings suggest that girls with high expectations expect childbearing to conflict with their chances of obtaining a college degree. The findings also highlight the need for mothers to communicate their expectations and values on education regularly to and include messages about the importance of education when talking to daughters about sexuality to prevent teenage pregnancy.

Physical Description:
1 online resource (87 pages)
Format:
Text
Collection(s):
UCSB electronic theses and dissertations
ARK:
ark:/48907/f31834d1
ISBN:
9781267649195
Catalog System Number:
990038915690203776
Rights:
Inc.icon only.dark In Copyright
Copyright Holder:
Rebeca Mireles-Rios
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