Pregnancy desire among disadvantaged African American adolescent females

Susan L. Davies, Ralph J. DiClemente, Gina M. Wingood, Kathleen F. Harrington, Richard A. Crosby, Catlainn Sionean

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Objective: To examine the prevalence and correlates of wanting to become pregnant among a sample of 462 sexually active nonpregnant African American adolescent females. Methods: Multivariate logistic regression was used to calculate adjusted odds ratios, their 95% confidence intervals, and respective P values. Results: Significant correlates with pregnancy desire included having a male partner who desired pregnancy, having a boyfriend at least 5 years older, having low self-esteem, perceiving greater perceived barriers to condom use, and perceiving low family support. Conclusions: Pregnancy prevention programs designed for economically disadvantaged African American adolescent females should address these correlates of their pregnancy desire.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-62
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2003


  • Adolescent pregnancy
  • African Americans
  • Pregnancy desire

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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