Date Approved

6-17-1996

Embargo Period

9-7-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Psychology

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Dihoff, Roberta

Second Advisor

Klanderman, John

Subject(s)

Self-esteem in adolescence; Teenage parents

Disciplines

Educational Psychology

Abstract

This study's purpose was to assess the difference between romanticism and self-esteem among parenting (n=13) and nonparenting adolescents (n=18). One subject did not specify status. Parenting adolescents where those who were or had been pregnant. Nonparenting adolescents were those who had never been pregnant. Of the thirty-two subjects, 29 were African American and three were Hispanic. All were a part of a social support group. The subjects ranged in age between 13 and 19. The Dean Romanticism Survey and Coopersmith Self-Esteem Inventory combined were administered. An independent t-test was performed on the variables. The results indicated that parenting adolescents did not significantly experience higher levels of self-esteem than nonparenting adolescents. Similarly, parenting adolescents did not have romanticism scores that were significantly lower than nonparenting adolescents as predicted. The relationship between the mean scores of self-esteem and romanticism showed a significant weak, negative correlation.

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