Pregnancy feelings among adolescents awaiting pregnancy test results

Wendy L Hellerstedt, R. M. Fee, C. A. McNeely, Renee E Sieving, M. L. Shew, Michael D Resnick

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Objective. The authors surveyed adolescent girls about their feelings regarding pregnancy. Methods. A survey was administered to 117 13- to 18-year-olds who obtained pregnancy tests at nine clinics in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1998. The survey included four measures of pregnancy feelings. The authors used bivariate and multivariate logistic regression analyses to examine the associations of these measures with engagement with school, future expectations, social and environmental characteristics, and perceived partner desire for pregnancy. Results. The four measures of pregnancy feelings were highly correlated (P = 0.0001). Participants reported a range of positive, negative, and ambivalent feelings on all measures. Perceived partner desire for pregnancy, limited future expectations, and lack of school engagement were significantly associated with positive pregnancy feelings for the four measures, Conclusions. Successful adolescent pregnancy prevention interventions may include the involvement of partners and key adults as well as strategies to enhance the educational or employment aspirations of girls and adolescents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)180-193
Number of pages14
JournalPublic health reports
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
StatePublished - 2001


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