Psychological Factors

Publication Title: 
Family Planning Perspectives

A survey of the attitudes and practices of general practitioners in Northern Ireland regarding contraception and abortion was carried out in 1994 and 1995 with a randomized sample of 154 physicians. The vast majority of doctors who received requests for contraceptives from their patients fulfilled those request (94%). Overall, 13% of the doctors said a married patient had requested an abortion in the past three months, and 34% had had a similar request from an unmarried patient.

Author(s): 
Francome, C.
Publication Title: 
Conscience (Washington, D.C.)
Author(s): 
Catholics for a Free Choice
Publication Title: 
Conscience (Washington, D.C.)
Author(s): 
Kennedy, K. R.
Publication Title: 
ReproWatch
Publication Title: 
E (Norwalk, Conn.)
Author(s): 
Sawicki, S.
Publication Title: 
American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Author(s): 
Sandberg, E. C.
Jacobs, R. I.
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Papua and New Guinea Medical Journal
Author(s): 
Taufa, R.
Publication Title: 
The Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Author(s): 
Chang, A. M.
Chick, P.
Milburn, S.
Publication Title: 
Adolescence

This study questions the findings of most research claiming that teenage pregnancies are generally unwanted, unplanned and unintended. It starts with the question of why most sexually active teenagers put themselves at risk of becoming pregnant if they do not desire it. The hypothesis is that sentiments of "love" and "aspirations for marriage" are related to starting sexual activity and subsequent pregnancy. The sample is 123 school-age mothers.

Author(s): 
Scott, J. W.
Publication Title: 
Adolescence

This study investigated the differences in the mother-daughter relationship of pregnant and nonpregnant adolescents. Data were gathered from questionnaires completed by 40 nonpregnant and 20 pregnant adolescents. All respondents were single, secondary school students matched on all demographic variables except grade point average which was significantly lower for the pregnant group. Significant differences in perception of their relationships with their mothers were found on love, attention, and interdependence, with the pregnant group perceiving less of these factors.

Author(s): 
Olson, C. F.
Worobey, J.

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