Adolescent Parenting Project

The Adolescent Parenting Project was launched in the mid-1980's to evaluate the social and psychological consequences of teen parenting for both mothers and their children.  The main focus of the project has been to track the emergence of developing delays in children of teen mothers, along with their maternal antecedents.



Research Overview

The major aims of the final phase of the projects were: (1) to assess the academic achievement and failures during the middle school years as well as their major precursors; (2) to measure socioemotional adjustment and involvement in risky behaviors during the adolescent period and to determine their antecedents; and (3) to pinpoint the role of early maternal and child characteristics in explaining the development of children's metacognitive knowledge and self-regulatory capacities and their subsequent influence on academic failures and successes.



Funded By

National Institute of Mental Health

Age Group

  • Adolescents
  • Adults
  • Young Adults


  • John Borkowski, Ph.D. (PI)
  • Tom Whitman, Ph.D. (PI)
  • Deborah Keogh, Ph. D. (Co-I,)
  • Keri Weed, Ph.D.,(Co-I)
  • Jennifer Lefever, Ph.D. (Co-I)

Research Themes