1984-1986 Study of Adolescents at Risk, and Their
Children, in Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis
This was a 2-year longitudinal, naturalistic study of a random sample of 477 high risk female adolescents in three cities (Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis). The sample was derived from pregnant and never pregnant adolescent females using public inner city health clinics in 1984-85. Face to face interviews yielded data on 3,108 variables about mental health diagnoses and symptoms; somatic complaints; chronic illness; self-esteem; locus of control; sexuality; pregnancy; children's physical, intellectual and emotional development. Other data include information on the environment and use of health services. The data set is one of the few that provide any longitudinal information about the environment, health, interpersonal and intrapersonal lives of teenage mothers as contrasted with teen nonmothers. It is unique in that it also provides information about the health and development of the children of the teen mothers. Furthermore, the data is from a population that is at risk, but accessible to health care providers. As such, any results are particularly applicable to practice situations within health care settings.