Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Educational Leadership


The parenting skills of teenage mothers were examined across three groups of mothers, low functioning teenage mothers in special education, teenage mothers in regular education, and teenage mothers from an agency specializing in intervention for maltreating parents. Relationships between Parenting Stress Index (PSI) and the Child Abuse Potential Inventory (CAP) were examined to see if special education mothers benefitted from a parenting class in their curriculum. Significant differences were found in the PSI parent domain attachment, PSI parent domain relationship with spouse, and CAP rigidity scales. No significant differences were found in the total scores for all three groups. The study was nonconclusive, but shows some merit for further research.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Masters of Art University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright Judith Ann Fleming May, 1991