Social messages, social context, and sexual health: Voices of urban african american youth

Molly Secor-Turner, Renee Sieving, Ann Garwick

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Objective: To describe aspects of the social context that low-income, urban African American young women articulate as having influenced social messages they received during adolescence about pregnancy timing and childbearing. Methods: Individual interviews were conducted with 20 African American young women ages 18- 22. Results: Findings clustered into 5 themes: first sex; getting ready and getting it over with; the path for African American girls; gender expectations: insecurity and independence; living into a future; and living in a context of instability and uncertainty. Conclusions: Findings portray a complex relationship between social context, social messages, and decisions about pregnancy timing and childbearing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)162-174
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican journal of health behavior
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011



  • Adolescents
  • African American
  • Childbearing
  • Pregnancy
  • Social context

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