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Trends, characteristics, and outcomes of adolescent pregnancy in eastern Turkey.
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PMID:  20434724     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To determine the proportion of adolescent births in Van, Turkey, and to identify characteristics and related outcomes. METHODS: Mothers who gave birth at three maternity centers in Van, Turkey, were chosen randomly and were invited to complete a face-to-face questionnaire. Participants were asked for demographic information and pregnancy history. Pregnancy outcomes were obtained from the birth records. RESULTS: Of 1872 mothers who completed the questionnaires, 211 (11.3%) were younger than 19 years. Adolescent mothers showed significantly more inappropriate education for age (82.5% vs 70.1; P<0.001) and were married to less educated partners (76.3% vs 59.4%; P<0.001) following unofficial matrimonies (25.6% vs 10.7%; P<0.001) than older mothers. There were no differences between the age groups in rates of arranged marriages with relatives, income, and household structure. Adolescent mothers reported higher rates of intimate partner violence (17.1% vs 10.8%; P=0.008) and inadequate prenatal care use (28.4% vs 17.6%; P<0.001) compared with older mothers. Adolescent births were associated with an increased risk for preterm delivery (P<0.001) and low birth weight (P<0.001). CONCLUSIONS: Cultural factors rather than economic factors seem to be related to early age at marriage and adolescent childbearing, which are associated with poor birth outcomes.
Tamer Edirne; Muhammet Can; Ali Kolusari; Recep Yildizhan; Ertan Adali; Beyza Akdag
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Multicenter Study    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of gynaecology and obstetrics: the official organ of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics     Volume:  110     ISSN:  1879-3479     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Gynaecol Obstet     Publication Date:  2010 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-07-12     Completed Date:  2010-10-28     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0210174     Medline TA:  Int J Gynaecol Obstet     Country:  Ireland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  105-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2010 International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Department of Family Medicine, University of Yuzuncu Yil, Van, Turkey.
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MeSH Terms
Age Distribution
Cesarean Section / statistics & numerical data
Cultural Characteristics*
Educational Status
Infant, Low Birth Weight
Infant, Newborn
Pregnancy Outcome
Pregnancy in Adolescence / statistics & numerical data*
Prenatal Care / statistics & numerical data,  utilization*
Rural Population / statistics & numerical data*
Spouse Abuse / statistics & numerical data*
Turkey / epidemiology
Young Adult

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