Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Dr. Carolina G. Huerta
Dr. Bruce K. Wilson
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.
University of Texas-Pan American