Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
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.
Fleming, Judith Ann, "A Comparative Study of Parenting Skills: Special Education vs. Regular Education" (1991). Student Work. 1936.