Pregnancy desire among disadvantaged African American adolescent females

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  • Objective: To examine the prevalence and correlates of wanting to become pregnant among a sample of 462 sexually active nonpregnant African American adolescent females. Methods: Multivariate logistic regression was used to calculate adjusted odds ratios, their 95% confidence intervals, and respective P values. Results: Significant correlates with pregnancy desire included having a male partner who desired pregnancy, having a boyfriend at least 5 years older, having low self-esteem, perceiving greater perceived barriers to condom use, and perceiving low family support. Conclusions: Pregnancy prevention programs designed for economically disadvantaged African American adolescent females should address these correlates of their pregnancy desire.
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    Author List

  • Davies SL; DiClemente RJ; Wingood GM; Harrington KF; Crosby RA; Sionean C
  • Start Page

  • 55
  • End Page

  • 62
  • Volume

  • 27
  • Issue

  • 1