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Adolescent perceptions of teen births.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18226156     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
OBJECTIVE: To investigate teens' perceptions of the costs and rewards of teen births, potential interventions to prevent teen pregnancy, and the presence of someone with whom teens could discuss sexuality. DESIGN: Seventeen focus groups were conducted to solicit individual views, group interactions, and shared meanings. Purposive methods accessed a sample of teens considered at risk of teen pregnancy based on their membership in selected community service and teen groups. Teen parents and nonparents (n = 120), from 12 to 19 years of age, were asked about their lives and stresses and the costs and rewards related to teen births. RESULTS: This study yielded rich data about the consequences of teen births. Data were organized in the domains of Impact on relationships, Impact on vocation, and Impact on self. The data reflected the cost and reward themes in each domain. CONCLUSIONS: Though teens believed that there were positives of teen births, early childbearing was considered "hard" in many aspects. These perceptions may be used to guide programs, policies, messages, and curricula with the intent to prevent teen pregnancy. These initiatives may be more effective if informed by teens and guided by their perceptions.
Authors:
Judith W Herrman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of obstetric, gynecologic, and neonatal nursing : JOGNN / NAACOG     Volume:  37     ISSN:  0884-2175     ISO Abbreviation:  J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs     Publication Date:    2008 Jan-Feb
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-01-29     Completed Date:  2008-04-30     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8503123     Medline TA:  J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  42-50     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
Affiliation:
School of Nursing at the University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716, USA. jherrman@udel.edu
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adaptation, Psychological
Adolescent
Adolescent Behavior / psychology*
Adolescent Health Services / organization & administration
Adult
Female
Focus Groups
Health Education / methods
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Humans
Interpersonal Relations*
Life Change Events
Male
Parents / psychology*
Pregnancy
Pregnancy in Adolescence / psychology*
Questionnaires
Self Concept*

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