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What is the relationship between postpartum withdrawal from school and repeat pregnancy among adolescent mothers?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3700198     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
An association between the failure of teenage mothers to return to school postpartum and rapid repeat pregnancy (recidivism) has been described. We report the postpartum education pursuits and contraceptive practices of 29 teenage mothers. Our data, together with the literature, suggest that with close postpartum follow-up, young mothers who are not motivated to return to school following delivery can effectively postpone pregnancy.
An association between the failure of teenage mothers to return to school postpartum and rapid repeat pregnancy (recidivism) has been described in some literature. This study reports the postpartum education pursuits and contraceptive practises of 29 adolescent mothers, the majority of whom did not return to school postpartum, but who participated in an intensive postpartum follow-up program connected with an adolescent pregnancy program in Denver General Hospital. The clinic was staffed by a pediatritian, child health associate, occupational therapist, recreational therapist, social worker, and nurse. Health maintenance visits were scheduled at frequent intervals to maximize teaching and contraceptive compliance. The study group represented 76% of patients or=17 years old in the postpartum program, and was 66% Mexican American, 22% White, and 7% Black. The data, together with the literature, suggest that with close postpartum follow-up, young mothers who are not motivated to return to school following delivery can effectively postpone pregnancy. 17% of the young mothers became pregnant during the approximately 13 month follow-up period, although the majority remained sexually active. 87% of the non-pregnant participants contracepted, 80% of these using oral contraceptives. Young women experiencing a 2nd pregnancy were more likely to be married. 76% of all the young mothers obtained no further education. Although the recidivism rate was lower for the group who returned to school, the difference was not statistically different in the 2 groups.
Authors:
C Stevens-Simon; J Parsons; C Montgomery
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of adolescent health care : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine     Volume:  7     ISSN:  0197-0070     ISO Abbreviation:  J Adolesc Health Care     Publication Date:  1986 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1986-06-10     Completed Date:  1986-06-10     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8100395     Medline TA:  J Adolesc Health Care     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  191-4     Citation Subset:  IM; J    
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adolescent
Education*
Female
Follow-Up Studies
Goals
Humans
Mothers / psychology*
Motivation
Postpartum Period
Pregnancy
Pregnancy in Adolescence*

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