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Pregnancy Desire Among Disadvantaged African American Adolescent Females

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Objectives: 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. Conclusion: Pregnancy prevention programs designed for economically disadvantaged African American adolescent females should address these correlates of their pregnancy desire.
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Keywords: African Americans; adolescent pregnancy; pregnancy desire

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Health Behavior, School of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL. 2: Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Atlanta, GA. 3: Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL.

Publication date: 2003-01-01

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