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Challenges of contraceptive use and pregnancy prevention among women in the U.S. Navy.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18216343     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In this article we present the results of a study to illuminate the explanatory factors related to unplanned pregnancies in the United States Navy, particularly with regard to female contraceptive training and practices, and occupational culture. The data set consists of 52 semistructured interviews with key informants, sailors, and enlisted personnel who were recruited via a quota sample stratified by gender, occupation, and location. The research team carried out semistructured interviews at seven different naval facilities in the mainland United States, the South Pacific, and Europe. Textual analysis of the interview data revealed four domains pertinent to unplanned pregnancies: (a) ineffective training for women regarding contraceptive options, proper dosing, and potentially negative side effects; (b) discrepancies between contraceptive knowledge and their proper use; (c) different foci of contraceptive training for men (sexually transmitted infection prevention) and women (pregnancy prevention); and (d) cultural norms that equate contraceptive use with promiscuity.
Michael R Duke; Genevieve M Ames
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Qualitative health research     Volume:  18     ISSN:  1049-7323     ISO Abbreviation:  Qual Health Res     Publication Date:  2008 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-01-24     Completed Date:  2008-03-05     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9202144     Medline TA:  Qual Health Res     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  244-53     Citation Subset:  T    
Prevention Research Center, Berkeley, California 94704, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Contraception / utilization*
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Interviews as Topic
Military Personnel*
Pacific Islands
Sexual Behavior
United States
Women's Health

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