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Preventing pregnancy: a girls' issue. Seventeen-year-old Swedish boys' perceptions on abortion, reproduction and use of contraception.
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PMID:  17559008     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To gain deeper understanding of how teenage males view abortion, adolescent fatherhood, sexual behavior, and use of contraception. METHOD: We conducted six focus-group interviews with 17-year-old boys (n = 40). The interviews were tape-recorded, transcribed verbatim, and analyzed using manifest content analysis. RESULTS: Adolescent fatherhood was considered to be a catastrophe and abortion a moral dilemma. Most participants agreed that the unrestricted right to decide on abortion rests upon the girl, but some were frustrated by not having any legal right to influence the decision. Contraceptive failure was viewed as common and mainly due to the influence of alcohol or in relation to unplanned sex. Boys perceived girls as having a greater responsibility in avoiding pregnancy, and they often put a blind trust in the girls' use of hormonal contraceptives or initiation of emergency contraception. Several groups had insufficient knowledge about fetal development and other aspects of reproduction. Many were unsatisfied with the sex education they had received at school, but still considered it to be an important counterweight to other sources of information concerning sex, such as pornography. CONCLUSION: Equal responsibility among boys and girls regarding reproductive issues is still a challenge, but nevertheless an important key to the prevention of unwanted pregnancies.
Maria Ekstrand; Tanja Tydén; Elisabeth Darj; Margareta Larsson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The European journal of contraception & reproductive health care : the official journal of the European Society of Contraception     Volume:  12     ISSN:  1362-5187     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Contracept Reprod Health Care     Publication Date:  2007 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-06-11     Completed Date:  2007-12-18     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9712127     Medline TA:  Eur J Contracept Reprod Health Care     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  111-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Women's and Children's Health, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
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MeSH Terms
Abortion, Induced / psychology
Adolescent Behavior / psychology*
Contraception Behavior / psychology
Decision Making*
Fathers / psychology
Focus Groups
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Pregnancy in Adolescence / prevention & control*,  psychology
Sexual Behavior / psychology*

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