Relationship characteristics and sexual practices of African American adolescent girls who desire pregnancy.

Susan L. Davies, Ralph J. DiClemente, Gina M. Wingood, Sharina D. Person, Richard A. Crosby, Kathleen F. Harrington, Emily S. Dix

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This study examined associations between African American adolescent girls' desire to become pregnant and their sexual and relationship practices. Odds ratios and 95% confidence intervals were used to detect significant associations between pregnancy desire and the assessed correlates. Of 522 participants (14 to 18 years old), 67 (12.8%) were pregnant and were thus excluded from this analysis. Of the remaining 455 adolescents, 107 (23.6%) expressed some desire to be pregnant at the time of assessment. Adolescents who desired pregnancy were significantly more likely to report having had sex with a casual partner and to use contraception inconsistently. Factors involving an adolescent girl's relationship with her partner (e.g., being in a relationship, length of relationship, time spent with boyfriend, or satisfaction with boyfriend) were not significantly associated with the desire for pregnancy. Effective pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease prevention programs for female adolescents should address their level of pregnancy desire.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)85S-96S
JournalHealth education & behavior : the official publication of the Society for Public Health Education
Issue number4 Suppl
StatePublished - Aug 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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