Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Dr. Carolina G. Huerta

Second Advisor

Dr. Bruce K. Wilson

Third Advisor

Dr. Janice A. Maville


The adolescent pregnancy rate in the U.S. continues to be an issue that concerns nursing and allied health related fields. There has been minimal research published regarding Mexican-American adolescent pregnancy outcomes. The purpose of this was to assess the relationship between social support and acculturation on pregnancy outcomes of Mexican- American adolescents.

Statistical descriptive analysis analyzed the relationships between the demographic data, the Acculturation Rating Scale-II for Mexican-Americans, the Norbeck Social Support Questionnaire, and birth outcomes. Pearson's product moment correlation analyzed the relationship between acculturation and social support on birth outcomes. Several positive correlations were found at the p ≤ 0.01 and p ≤ 0.05 significance levels. Significant positive correlations were found between the three social support categories, the acculturation levels, acculturation scale scores, gestational age, birth weight, maternal age and education levels. A weak positive correlation was found between the Mexican Orientation Score and gestational status.


Copyright 2000 Enriqueta Garcia, Martha Ruth Ramirez. All Rights Reserved.

Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American

Included in

Nursing Commons