ABSTRACT

Clinical and research interest in teenage fathers comes from concern for the impact that this group of young men have on child development, their effect on maternal emotional and financial stability, and the problems that they themselves face as a result of pregnancy and parenthood. In this chapter we investigate this latter concern. Discussion focuses on the various kinds of stresses experienced by young fathers, the manner in which fathers cope with their problems, and the factors that may affect individual differences in stresses and coping behavior.