The Short-term Consequences of the Decision to
Parent or Relinquish among Adolescent Mothers, 1993
The Short-Term Consequences of the Decision to Parent or Relinquish Among Adolescent Mothers (1993) was conducted by Battelle Human Affairs Research Center. It is a longitudinal study of adolescent clients of a pregnancy counseling agency, some of whom chose to place their child for adoption and some who chose to parent. The population consists of clients of a pregnancy counseling program, who gave birth between October, 1985 and December, 1988. Adolescent mothers who chose to relinquish are compared to those who chose to parent in terms of their subsequent living arrangements, household income, marriage and fertility rates, educational attainment, employment status, and social/psycho- logical well-being. The birthmothers were surveyed during pregnancy and at 6, 14, and 26 months after the birth of their first child. The resulting data set for this study includes 461 variables and 491 cases.