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Social Messages, Social Context, and Sexual Health: Voices of Urban African American Youth

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Objective : To describe aspects of the social context that low-income, urban African American young women articulate as having influenced social messages they received during adolescence about pregnancy timing and childbearing.

Methods : Individual interviews were conducted with 20 African American young women ages 18-22.

Results : Findings clustered into 5 themes: first sex; getting ready and getting it over with; the path for African American girls; gender expectations: insecurity and independence; living into a future; and living in a context of instability and uncertainty.

Conclusions : Findings portray a complex relationship between social context, social messages, and decisions about pregnancy timing and childbearing.
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Keywords: African American; Pregnancy; adolescents; child-bearing; social context

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1 Molly Secor-Turner, Assistant Professor, Department of Nursing, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND.

Publication date: 2011-03-01

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