Empirical study has not shown the high rates of child maltreatment anticipated for the adolescent parent, but adolescent parents do share the characteristics present disproportionately often in adult parents who maltreat their children. Most studies have focused on the adolescent mother as a child abuser. For the father, as for the mother, risk factors seem to originate in the environment, the personality, and the characteristics of the child. Pressures faced by the adolescent father appear to be greater than those faced by the adolescent mother. Nevertheless, information on adolescent parents is more positive than expected. Adolescent fathers are often seen as willing to play a part in child rearing and are often buffered by supportive families. Numerous references.
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