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Barriers to effective contraception and strategies for overcoming them among adolescent mothers.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15144366     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Young women often have difficulty accessing and correctly using contraception. However, these difficulties are not primarily the result of lack of knowledge or experience of contraception. In this study, nine adolescent mothers were interviewed about their experience of contraception before and after the birth of their children. These adolescent women faced barriers to effective contraceptive use before the birth of their children. These barriers included indifference to the possibility of pregnancy, perceived invulnerability to pregnancy, and forgetting to use contraception regularly. Analysis also revealed that during the time these women were sexually active prior to pregnancy, many had used a range of strategies to overcome these barriers to effective contraception, including using adult support, allowing an adult to take responsibility for contraception, and using multiple methods of contraception to cover for contraceptive failure. The strategies used by these women to delay childbearing indicate valuable areas for further research in preventing unplanned adolescent pregnancy.
Mary Breheny; Christine Stephens
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Public health nursing (Boston, Mass.)     Volume:  21     ISSN:  0737-1209     ISO Abbreviation:  Public Health Nurs     Publication Date:    2004 May-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-05-17     Completed Date:  2004-08-24     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8501498     Medline TA:  Public Health Nurs     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  220-7     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
School of Psychology, Massey University, Palmerstown North, New Zealand.
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MeSH Terms
Contraception / methods
Contraception Behavior*
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Health Services Accessibility*
Intergenerational Relations
New Zealand
Pregnancy in Adolescence / prevention & control*
Qualitative Research
Safe Sex
Social Support

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