Adolescents' ambivalence about becoming pregnant predicts infrequent contraceptive use: a prospective analysis of nonpregnant African American females

Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2002 Feb;186(2):251-2. doi: 10.1067/mob.2002.120081.


This study prospectively investigated the hypothesis that ambivalence about becoming pregnant is associated with comparatively less frequent use of contraception. Findings from a sample of sexually active African American adolescent, nonpregnant females (n = 375) supported this hypothesis. Prevention programs may benefit from content designed to redress adolescents' positive beliefs about early parenthood.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior*
  • African Americans*
  • Attitude*
  • Contraception*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy in Adolescence*
  • Prospective Studies