A Care Plab based on Roy's Theory
11). African American teenaged girls are also at greater risk once they become pregnant.

A variety of causal factors are implicated in teenage pregnancy among African Americans. Pregnancy often induces behavioral system imbalance into the life of a teenaged girl because the typical teenaged girl is a person who has "not yet completed her biological, socioemotional, or cognitive development" (Records, 1993, p. 326). An exploratory research study found that pregnant teenaged girls had a lower selfconcept than nonpregnant controls in relation to moral, family, and social dimensions (Paik, 1992, pp. 93111). Another research study found that teenaged girls who are most likely to become pregnant are characterized by (1) low selfesteem, (2) an external locus of control, (3) an unfavorable attitude toward school, (4) low educational expectations, and (5) low religiosity (Plotnick, 1992, p. 801). A research study conducted by Schamess (1993, pp. 432434) found that pregnant teenagers generally held negative attitudes toward relationships with men in their lives, but idealized the potential of a relationship between a child and themselves as a mother. Schamess (1993, p. 434) concluded that many teenaged girls perceive motherhood "as a gratifying and 'safe' way to give and receive love and may represent an attempted solution to problems related to sexuality." Records (1993, p. 333) found that the frequency with which

 
 
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