Date of Award

Spring 5-1998

Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)



First Advisor

Dr. Janet Rami

Second Advisor

Dr. Elaine Vallette

Third Advisor

Patricia Darling


Little is known about what makes teens experiment with sex earlier and earlier in their lives. These young girls are faced with the burden and responsibility of parenthood at a time in their lives when they are coping poorly with their own developmental tasks. The teen's perception of family functioning may have a direct impact upon adolescent risk for pregnancy. This study investigated the relationship between family functioning and pregnancy among 13- to 19-year-olds using the Family Apgar Questionnaire. Although no significant difference between perception of family functioning and incidence of pregnancy was found, this study did conclude that age and ethnicity were factors related to teen pregnancy, for the sample studied.

Included in

Nursing Commons