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Female adolescents' perceptions of male partners' pregnancy desire.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18586187     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Our objective was to examine the relationship between pregnancy desire among female adolescents and their perception of desire for pregnancy in their male partners. This is an observational cross-sectional study which examined 92 surveys administered to adolescent women between the ages of 14 to 19 years at two obstetrical care services serving a population from limited socioeconomic backgrounds. Participants were all pregnant or awaiting pregnancy test results. Participants were asked about their levels of pregnancy happiness and desire and their partners' levels of pregnancy happiness and desire. Spearman's correlation coefficient was calculated and discordant pairs were examined with McNemar's test. Logistic regression was utilized to examine the relationship between male and female pregnancy happiness and desire. We found that there was a significant correlation between the adolescents' feelings about pregnancy and their perceptions of their male partners' feelings about pregnancy (0.326; P = .004). McNemar's test indicated that male partners were significantly more likely to be reported to feel positively about the pregnancy than female partners (P = .017). Female adolescents who reported male partners who felt positively about the pregnancy were four times as likely to report having desired their pregnancy now or sooner (odds ratio [OR] = 4.35). We conclude that male partners may impact adolescent pregnancy desire. Further prospective studies are needed and male-focused adolescent pregnancy interventions should be developed.
Elizabeth J Heavey; Kirsten B Moysich; Andrew Hyland; Charlotte M Druschel; Michael W Sill
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of midwifery & women's health     Volume:  53     ISSN:  1542-2011     ISO Abbreviation:  J Midwifery Womens Health     Publication Date:    2008 Jul-Aug
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-06-30     Completed Date:  2008-11-18     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100909407     Medline TA:  J Midwifery Womens Health     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  338-44     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
State University of New York College at Brockport School of Nursing, 350 New Campus Dr., Brockport, NY 14420-2988, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Adolescent Psychology*
Cross-Sectional Studies
Data Collection
Logistic Models
Pregnancy / psychology*
Pregnancy Tests / psychology*
Pregnancy in Adolescence / psychology*
Pregnancy, Unwanted / psychology*
Prospective Studies
Sexual Partners / psychology
Statistics, Nonparametric
United States

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