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Defining dimensions of pregnancy intendedness.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11097506     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The classification scheme used by the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) is a well-established system for defining the intendedness of pregnancy, but its clinical relevance is uncertain. The purpose of this study was to explore how women conceptualize the intention status of their pregnancies and how their concepts relate to the classification scheme used by the NSFG. METHODS: This qualitative study used in-depth, semistructured, open-ended interviews with 27 pregnant women seeking prenatal care or abortion. Sampling was based on ethnicity (Caucasian or Hispanic), education, religiosity, and NSFG intention status (intended, mistimed, or unwanted). RESULTS: Five qualitative dimensions of pregnancy intendedness emerged: preconception desire for pregnancy, steps taken to prepare for pregnancy, fertility behavior and expectations, postconception desire for pregnancy, and adaptation to pregnancy and baby. The relationship of these qualitative dimensions to the NSFG categories was varied and complex, particularly for the NSFG mistimed category. Women indicated that their partners had a strong influence on preconception and postconception desire for pregnancy. CONCLUSION: Further research is needed to develop measures of pregnancy intendedness that accurately reflect the needs and priorities of women. Research that addresses male perspectives and influence is of particular importance.
J B Stanford; R Hobbs; P Jameson; M J DeWitt; R C Fischer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Maternal and child health journal     Volume:  4     ISSN:  1092-7875     ISO Abbreviation:  Matern Child Health J     Publication Date:  2000 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-02-15     Completed Date:  2001-02-15     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9715672     Medline TA:  Matern Child Health J     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  183-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of Utah, Salt Lake City 84132, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Abortion, Induced
Family Planning Services*
Interviews as Topic
Pregnancy* / psychology,  statistics & numerical data
Pregnancy, Unwanted*
Prenatal Care
Sampling Studies
Socioeconomic Factors

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