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Prenatal knowledge and informational priorities of pregnant adolescents.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10274437     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
One hundred and forty-six indigent pregnant adolescents (12 to 18 years of age) were asked to complete a questionnaire concerning their prenatal care priorities (Scale I) and their knowledge of correct perinatal behaviors (Scale II). On Scale I, over 75% of teens considered parenting skills, infant care, and diet extremely important. On Scale II correctly answered items focused on the need to avoid substance abuse and smoking during pregnancy, visit the doctor, and eat balanced meals. The mean number of correct answers, however, was only 11.8 out of a total possible scale of 18 items. Less than 50% correctly answered statements about the effects of weight gain and other health behaviors on risk for high blood pressure and toxemia, safety of laxatives during pregnancy, possibility of becoming pregnant again before resuming menstruation, and the safety of various physical activities. Performance on both knowledge and health priority scales showed correct health information was limited to basic concrete facts. Abstract and technical aspects of health care did not appear to be easily assimilated.
Authors:
P B Smith; P M Levenson; J R Morrow
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Health values     Volume:  9     ISSN:  0147-0353     ISO Abbreviation:  Health Values     Publication Date:    1985 Sep-Oct
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1985-12-30     Completed Date:  1985-12-30     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7801228     Medline TA:  Health Values     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  33-9     Citation Subset:  H; J    
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adolescent
Child
Female
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Health Promotion*
Humans
Pregnancy
Pregnancy in Adolescence*
Prenatal Care / standards*
United States

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