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March 1984

Infants of Adolescent Mothers: Maternal Characteristics and Developmental Status at 1 Year of Age

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver. Dr Burgess is now with Tulane Medical School, New Orleans, and Dr Morgan is now with Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH.

Am J Dis Child. 1984;138(3):243-246. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1984.02140410023009

• The Bayley Scales of Infant Development were administered at 1 year of age to 54 healthy infants of adolescent mothers. Information was obtained regarding maternal cognitive and emotional maturity, child-rearing attitudes, attitudes toward the infant, and psychosocial status at one year. The average Bayley Mental Scale score was 113, and the average Bayley Motor Scale score was 105. There was a negative correlation between the Bayley Mental Scale score and maternal age and education. Bayley Motor Scale scores were predictable from a combination of maternal authoritarian attitudes, abuse potential, and infant's birth weight. Although high authoritarian attitudes in mothers have been associated with poor cognitive development at later ages, they may represent an important strength in adolescent mothers during the first year.

(AJDC 1984;138:243-246)

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