Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)


School of Social Work

Degree Name



Social Work Policy Planning and Administration

First Advisor

Hattie Mitchell


The overall objective of this study was to explore African American teen-age mothers' definitions of family relations, life styles, and utilization of alternative objective, the researcher did the following : (1) identified the factors that influenced the African American teen mother population. (2) used frequency distribution to find which of these factors had greater influence. A self-administered questionnaire was used to collect data at Carver High School (Carver Teen Project). There were thirteen teen-age mothers who agreed to participate in the survey. Simple descriptive statistics were used to analyze the data. The findings revealed the following: (1) teen mothers defined their relationships with family members as loving, caring, and happy. (2) teen mothers defined themselves as normal everyday teenagers. (3) teen mothers feel good about the alternative educational program they attend.

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