Preventing rapid repeat births among Latina adolescents: The role of parents

Alida Bouris, Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, Kevin Cherry, Patricia Dittus, Shannon Michael, Kari Gloppen

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Latina adolescent parents are at increased risk for rapid repeat births (second birth ≤ 24 months after the first), sexually transmitted infections, and negative educational and social outcomes. Although several effective parent-based interventions have been developed to prevent Latino youths' sexual risk taking, little research has explored the development of interventions to prevent repeat births that involve the parents of these adolescents. Existing preventative interventions involving parents suffer from important methodological limitations. Additional research is needed to advance theories of behavior, identify the causal pathways of parental influence, and specify appropriate behavioral targets. Future parent-based interventions to prevent repeat births should target pregnancy intentions, age of partners, contraceptive use, integrated prevention of pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections, educational attainment, and future orientations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1842-1847
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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