Understanding Stress Associated with Adolescent Pregnancy and Early Childbearing

  • Paul A. Langfield
  • Kay Pasley
Part of the Issues in Clinical Child Psychology book series (ICCP)


In addition to the typical demands placed on today’s adolescents, young women who find themselves pregnant at this stage of life encounter a barrage of additional challenges. The stress of pregnancy is heaped upon an existing transitional period wrought with its own developmental stressors. The combination of pregnancy and adolescence creates stress that is greater than the sum of either pregnancy or adolescence alone, which can result in damaging consequences for the teen mother, her children, and society in general. Researchers have focused significant attention on the stress and adaptation of pregnant adolescents to the multiple demands inherent in this situation. In this chapter, we examine the extant literature on stress among pregnant and parenting adolescents, emphasizing the complexity of these phenomena and assessing the effectiveness of current interventions.


Social Support Teen Pregnancy Teen Mother Adolescent Mother Adolescent Pregnancy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul A. Langfield
    • 1
  • Kay Pasley
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  1. 1.Rocky Mountain Neuropsychological Sciences, P.C.Ft. CollinsUSA
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