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Family formation in the inner city: low-income men's perception of their role in unplanned conception and pregnancy prevention.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21317507     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: Research documents the importance of partners in women's contraception use, pregnancy prevention/planning, and decision-making around unintended pregnancy. Little is known of men's perceptions of this crucial role.
METHODS: Semi-structured, in-depth interviews (n=20) with low-income, inner-city men, aged 18-45 years, who had brought about a pregnancy.
RESULTS: Responsibility framed men's understanding of their reproductive and parenting roles. Uniformly, men equated being responsible with providing financially for their families. Interpretations of being responsible evolved over men's reproductive lifetimes, influencing their perceived role in planning or preventing pregnancy, and consideration of abortion for unplanned pregnancies. The desire to take responsibility for children they fathered was limited by the structural realities of these men's lives, which were often characterized by poverty, unemployment, violence, and crime.
CONCLUSIONS: Though financial responsibility is highly valued, poverty and related social factors are significant barriers to men's ability to achieve this goal. Discussions with men about family planning should reflect these realities.
Emily Jackson; Alison Karasz; Marji Gold
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of health care for the poor and underserved     Volume:  22     ISSN:  1548-6869     ISO Abbreviation:  J Health Care Poor Underserved     Publication Date:  2011 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-02-14     Completed Date:  2011-04-21     Revised Date:  2011-09-27    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9103800     Medline TA:  J Health Care Poor Underserved     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  71-82     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Family and Social Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY 10467, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Contraception / utilization*
Family Planning Services*
Interpersonal Relations
Middle Aged
New York City
Pregnancy, Unplanned / psychology*
Qualitative Research
Sexual Partners / psychology*
Young Adult

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