Potential positive and negative consequences of coresidence for teen mothers and their children in adult-supervised households
Intergenerational households, Policy, Teen motherhood
Journal of Child and Family Studies
In 1996, part of the creation of TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) required minor teen parents to live in an adult-supervised household in order to receive cash assistance. This literature review discusses the positive and negative consequences of coresidence. Research has suggested that coresidence may be beneficial for the educational and financial success of teen mothers. However, there is some evidence that coresiding teen mothers have poorer parenting skills than teen mothers who do not coreside. Implications for policy implementation are discussed. Case managers should be aware of the possible risks of coresidence and weigh these risks against potential benefits. In addition, families of teen mothers, especially grandmothers, should be included in programming and interventions in order to provide positive living environments for teen mothers and their children. © 2007 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
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Eshbaugh, Elaine M., "Potential positive and negative consequences of coresidence for teen mothers and their children in adult-supervised households" (2008). Faculty Publications. 2473.