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Adolescent decision making: a broadly based theory and its application to the prevention of early pregnancy.
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PMID:  8874604     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The purpose of this paper is to present a broadly based theory of adolescent decision making including all the necessary components of the subject: cognitive development, social and psychological factors, and, perhaps most importantly, cultural and societal influences. Previous theories and applications have often focused on only one or two aspects. This theory is then applied to the problem of prevention of early pregnancy at an inner-city high school. Use of this theory, combined with an open-ended data-gathering format made possible some of the unexpected findings of this study: most of the young women at this school desire their pregnancies; many of them prefer single parenthood to traditional family structure; and low academic skills and poverty often result in pregnancy, rather than pregnancy causing high school dropouts and a life of poverty. Prevention programs will necessarily differ for sexually active adolescents who do and do not want pregnancy and for younger versus older adolescents. In designing such programs, we need to focus on pregnancy as the problem rather than on adolescent sexuality.
C P Gordon
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Adolescence     Volume:  31     ISSN:  0001-8449     ISO Abbreviation:  Adolescence     Publication Date:  1996  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-01-07     Completed Date:  1997-01-07     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0123667     Medline TA:  Adolescence     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  561-84     Citation Subset:  IM; J    
School of Nursing, University of Massachusetts, Amherst 01003, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Adolescent Psychology*
Decision Making*
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Internal-External Control
Models, Psychological
Pregnancy in Adolescence* / psychology*
United States

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