“All the Men Here Have the Peter Pan Syndrome- They Don't Want to Grow Up”: Navajo Adolescent Mothers’ Intimate Partner Relationships-A 15-Year Perspective

Rochelle L. Dalla, Alexandria M. Marchetti, Elizabeth A. Sechrest, Jennifer L. White

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In 1992 and 1995, data were collected from 29 Navajo Native American adolescent mothers. In 2007 and 2008, data were collected from 21 of the original 29 (72%). Guided by feminist family theory, this investigation sought to (a) examine Navajo adolescent mothers’ intimate partner relationships during the transition to parenthood, (b) identify themes in the young mothers’ intimate partnerships across time, and (c) assess participants’ psychosocial well-being in adulthood. Four themes emerged in the women's long-term intimate relationships: limited support, substance abuse, infidelity, and intimate partner violence. Implications of the findings and suggestions for future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)743-763
Number of pages21
JournalViolence Against Women
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010



  • Navajo Native Americans
  • adolescent mothers
  • intimate partner violence
  • psychosocial well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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