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Lucky girls: unintentional avoidance of adolescent pregnancy among low-income African-American females.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12553203     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: To describe lucky adolescents who unintentionally avoid pregnancy. DESIGN AND METHODS: The second phase of a descriptive qualitative study in which 17 low-income African-American females ages 19 to 26 participated in open-ended interviews on how they avoided pregnancy as adolescents. RESULTS: Constant comparative analysis revealed that five of the girls avoided pregnancy because they were "lucky" that others insisted they use contraceptives. These lucky girls were unaware of sexual risks, but used contraceptives because they complied with decisions made by their parents, grandparents, and partners. PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: Lucky girls are at risk for adolescent pregnancy because they abdicate decision making to others and are likely to be overlooked in practice because they are using contraceptives. Promoting self-protection includes assessment, knowledge, skills-building strategies, and health-promoting contracts between the nurse and adolescent.
Kristy K Martyn; Sally A Hutchinson; Jacquelyn H Martin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal for specialists in pediatric nursing : JSPN     Volume:  7     ISSN:  1539-0136     ISO Abbreviation:  J Spec Pediatr Nurs     Publication Date:    2002 Oct-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-01-29     Completed Date:  2003-02-20     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101142025     Medline TA:  J Spec Pediatr Nurs     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  153-61     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
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MeSH Terms
African Americans* / psychology
Contraception Behavior* / psychology
Family Relations
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Peer Group
Pregnancy, Unwanted*
Sexual Behavior
United States

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