The field of teen fatherhood is grossly underdeveloped. This study attempted to identify factors that influence teen fatherhood. This study was based on the hypothesis that teen fatherhood is an intentional behavior. To this end, the current study examined how attitudes, subjective norm beliefs, and perceived behavior control relate to the intentions of teens to become fathers. This correlational study used a quantitative approach. A regression analysis was done to explore this hypothesis. Purposeful samples of volunteers were surveyed for the study. The subjects were asked to answer the questions on the survey retrospectively. This innovative approach attempted to inform this elusive phenomenon—teen fatherhood. The results of this study did not confirm a relationship between intention for teens to be teen fathers and the three constructs of the Theory of Planned Behavior—attitude, subjective norms and perceived behavior control. Furthermore, there was no statistical relationship between teen fatherhood and the three construct of the Theory of Planned Behavior.
|Commitee:||Mire, Scott, Williams, S. Ardail|
|Department:||School of Public Service Leadership|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-B 74/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social research, Public health, Developmental psychology, Gender studies|
|Keywords:||Attitude, Intentions, Perceived behavior control, Planned behaviors, Pregnancy, Teen fathers|
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