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Pregnancy intention and pregnancy happiness: are they different?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11097507     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: This study examines the relationship among pregnancy intention and attitudes, inconsistent contraceptive use, and plans for potential pregnancy among 311 women who presented at local health departments to seek a pregnancy test and for whom a pregnancy would be unintended. METHODS: Women were surveyed prior to receiving pregnancy tests. Pregnancy intention was measured using traditional classifications of mistimed and unwanted pregnancies. Frequency distributions and chi-square tests were computed to examine and compare rates of happiness about the pregnancy among women with mistimed or unwanted pregnancy and to compare rates of inconsistent contraceptive use and plans for the pregnancy by intention and level of happiness. RESULTS: Although all of the women selected for our sample stated that their pregnancies would be unintended, almost half (46%) were inconsistent contraceptive users. Further, 48% reported that they would be somewhat or very happy about a pregnancy. The proportion of women who were uncertain about the future of a pregnancy and who considered adoption or abortion was highest among those for whom a potential pregnancy was mistimed and who were unhappy about the pregnancy. CONCLUSIONS: Differentiating between pregnancy intention and happiness has practice implications for family planning and prenatal providers. Additional research should further elaborate these distinctions.
M R Sable; M K Libbus
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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:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9715672     Medline TA:  Matern Child Health J     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  191-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Social Work, University of Missouri, Columbia 65211-4470, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Abortion, Induced
Contraceptive Agents / administration & dosage
Data Collection
Infant, Newborn
Marital Status
Pregnancy / psychology*
Pregnancy Tests
Pregnancy, Unwanted / psychology*
Rural Population
Urban Population
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Contraceptive Agents

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