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Pregnancy wantedness in adolescents presenting for pregnancy testing.
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PMID:  10565144     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: To explore and describe dimensions of pregnancy wantedness in adolescents who present for pregnancy testing. DESIGN: Descriptive survey. METHODS: Adolescents presenting for pregnancy testing at a multiservice teen center were invited to participate by completing the Pregnancy Importance Questionnaire while awaiting the results of their pregnancy test. Eighty-nine adolescents responded to questions concerning their desire for pregnancy, knowledge and access to birth control information and supplies, and expectations of how a pregnancy would change their lives. RESULTS: Approximately 7% wanted the pregnancy test to be positive, 60% wanted it to be negative, and 33% were not sure. There was a moderately low (1.97 out of 5) desire for pregnancy, a moderately high (3.11 out of 5) knowledge of and access to birth control, and moderately low (2.08 out of 5) expected changes with a pregnancy. There were no differences in these dimensions by age group (early, middle, and late adolescence). CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS: All clinicians working with adolescents should explore sexual risk-taking and pregnancy prevention measures among these clients. Appropriate counseling and follow-up is necessary for adolescents who present for pregnancy testing, whether the pregnancy test is positive or negative.
K C Bloom; D S Hall
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  MCN. The American journal of maternal child nursing     Volume:  24     ISSN:  0361-929X     ISO Abbreviation:  MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs     Publication Date:    1999 Nov-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-12-01     Completed Date:  1999-12-01     Revised Date:  2007-10-29    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7605941     Medline TA:  MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  296-300     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
University of North Florida, Department of Nursing, Jacksonville 32224, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Pregnancy Outcome / psychology
Pregnancy Tests / psychology*,  statistics & numerical data
Pregnancy in Adolescence / psychology*,  statistics & numerical data
Pregnancy, Unwanted / psychology*,  statistics & numerical data
Risk Factors
Southeastern United States
Urban Population / statistics & numerical data

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