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Demographic and relationship predictors of paternity establishment for infants born to adolescent mothers.
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PMID:  22980410     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
STUDY OBJECTIVE: To identify demographic and relationship characteristics associated with paternity establishment for children born to adolescent mothers. PARTICIPANTS, SETTING, AND DESIGN: This prospective cohort study included 300 pregnant adolescents 12-19 years old, presenting for prenatal care between March 2002 and February 2005. Demographic and relationship characteristics were compared based on paternity establishment (father's name on the infant's birth certificate).
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: Paternity establishment (father's name on the infant's birth certificate).
RESULTS: Of the 273 participants with outcome data, 54% established paternity. Paternity establishment differed by maternal race/ethnicity (69% Hispanic vs 36% non-Hispanic Black vs 52% non-Hispanic White, P = .01), maternal age (37% for 12-15 years vs 64% for 18-19 years, P = .01), maternal country of birth (48% U.S. born vs 76% non-U.S. born, P = .01), relationship with father of the infant, and father involvement at the time of delivery.
CONCLUSION: Paternity establishment rates for children born to teens were low overall. To increase rates of paternity establishment, policies and programs need to consider the unique characteristics and circumstances of teen parents.
A L Murray; C Rosengard; S Weitzen; C A Raker; M G Phipps
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of pediatric and adolescent gynecology     Volume:  25     ISSN:  1873-4332     ISO Abbreviation:  J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-09-17     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9610774     Medline TA:  J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  322-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2012 North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, Providence, Rhode Island. Electronic address:
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