Characteristics of sexually active teenage girls who would be pleased with becoming pregnant

Patricia A. Cavazos-Rehg, Melissa J. Krauss, Edward L. Spitznagel, Mario Schootman, Linda B. Cottler, Laura Jean Bierut

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Abstract

To investigate factors associated with favorable pregnancy attitudes among teenage girls. Participants were sexually active teenage girls aged 15-18 years old (n = 965) who took part in the 2002 or 2006-2010 National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG). Multinomial multivariable logistic regression was used to assess the likelihood of being pleased with a teenage pregnancy. Sixteen percent of sexually active teenage girls (n = 164) would be pleased (11 % a little pleased, 5 % very pleased) if they became pregnant. In a multivariable model, participants who had not yet discussed sexual health topics (i.e., how to say no to sexual intercourse or birth control) or had only discussed birth control with a parent were more likely to be very pleased with a teenage pregnancy than participants who had discussed both topics with a parent. Prior pregnancy, racial/ethnic group status, older age, and having parents with a high school education or less also increased the odds of being pleased with a teenage pregnancy. Being pleased with a teenage pregnancy was correlated with a lack of discussion of sexual health topics with parents, prior pregnancy, and sociodemographic factors (having less educated parents, racial/ethnic group status). Pregnancy prevention efforts can be improved by acknowledging the structural and cultural factors that shape teenage pregnancy attitudes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)470-476
Number of pages7
JournalMaternal and Child Health Journal
Volume17
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2013

Keywords

  • Sexual behaviors - adolescent
  • Sexual education
  • Sexual health
  • Teenage pregnancy

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