The Determinants of Young Women's Pregnancy-Resolution Choices

  • Namerow P
  • Kalmuss D
  • Cushman L
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Abstract

Investigated the determinants of 592 pregnant young women's (aged 13–21 yrs) decisions to parent or to place their child for adoption, focusing on several conceptual approaches to pregnancy decisions, including opportunity structures, social networks, socialization, and expectancy value theory. Ss were interviewed during their last trimester of pregnancy; 527 Ss were interviewed again 6 mo after the birth of their child. Significant others played an important role in Ss' pregnancy-resolution decision making. Prior adoption socialization experiences were positively related to choosing adoption. An expectancy value model of decision making was useful in predicting parenting vs placing. Variables related to an opportunity structures approach had only indirect effects on pregnancy-resolution decisions, offering only modest support for this particular model. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

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Authors

  • Pearila Brickner Namerow

  • Debra S. Kalmuss

  • Linda F. Cushman

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