Cooperative, Compromising, Conflictual, and Uninvolved Coparenting Among Teenaged Parents. By: Mallette, Jacquelyn K.; Futris, Ted G.; Brown, Geoffrey L.; Oshri, Assaf. Journal of Family Issues. Aug2019, Vol. 40 Issue 11, p1534-1560. 27p.

Adolescent parents often maintain a coparenting relationship that is characterized by frequent conflict and unhealthy communication. However, in relationships with less conflict and more cooperation, adolescent mothers display well-being and greater self-acceptance, while young fathers are more likely to be involved with their children. Based on human, financial, and social capital theory that reinforces the influence of parents’ investments on family processes and well-being, we examined how capital was related to coparenting behaviors, and how coparenting related to parental functioning. We examined data from 125 adolescent mothers who attended a program for pregnant/parenting teens. Using a latent profile analysis, we (1) identified patterns of coparenting; (2) examined social, financial and human capital resources; and (3) evaluated between-group differences in parental functioning. Results indicated four unique patterns of coparenting based on adolescent mothers’ reports, which were associated with indicators of social, financial, and human capital and between-group differences in parental functioning.