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Subproject 5: Children of Adolescent Mothers

How do children of adolescent mothers develop after school entry?

Location: Aachen

The aim of this subproject is to study the developmental course of children (aged 6 to 7 years) of teenage mothers compared to children of adult mothers. These mother-child dyads were examined from the age of 3 months until kindergarten age at four measurement points within UBICA I. From the age of 6 to 7 years, it is now possible to record the development of the child from different perspectives (teacher's judgement, self-judgement of the child) and also to depict the neuronal correlates of the children's social-cognitive abilities by making use of fMRI examinations. In particular, we now want to investigate differences between children of teenage and adult mothers with respect to long-term childhood (i) emotional and cognitive development, (ii) health-related quality of life and psychopathology, and (iii) social-cognitive abilities (empathy, theory of mind (ToM)). Furthermore, risk and protective factors for favorable versus unfavorable developmental trajectories of the children of teenage mothers will be identified.