How Australian Female Adolescents Prioritize Pregnancy Protection: A Grounded Theory Study of Contraceptive Histories

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Sage Publications Inc
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Journal of Adolescent Research, 2011, 26 (5), pp. 617 - 644
Issue Date:
2011-01
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Grounded theory principles were systematically employed to reveal key differences in pregnancy risk and underlying disparities in contraceptive use in (a) never-pregnant (b) pregnant-terminated and (c) pregnant-continued teenagers. Analysis of 69 semistructured interviews revealed a bicausal model of pregnancy protection that accounted for variation in contraceptive use across the sample. Diverging pregnancy/childbearing desires and risk perceptions were conceptualized into three behavioral patterns that represented higher and lower levels of commitment to prevent pregnancy.
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