Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)


School of Social Work

Degree Name


First Advisor

Dr. Gale Horton


This study, a needs assessment, had the purpose of examining the psychosocial emotional stressors that affect unwed teenage mothers. The sample for this study consisted of thirty-two African American unwed teenage mothers. The sample was drawn from a population of teenage mothers attending Harper-Archer and Carver High Schools participating in an after-school program sponsored by the Department of Family and Children Services.

An instrument consisting of twenty psychosocial stressor questions and five demographic questions was utilized. The survey method consisted of a self-administered questionnaire that was distributed during a teen parent meeting. The results were analyzed utilizing frequency distributions, means, standard deviations and Pearson's 'r' Correlation Coefficient.

The findings of the study revealed: 1) That support from family and social contact with other teenage mothers positively influences role performance. 2) There is a correlation between feeling that someone understood and role performance and, 3) Depression appears to negatively affect role performance among teenage mothers.

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