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Untangling the health disparities of teen pregnancy

Talashek M, Alba M, Patel A ...see all

Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, vol. 11, issue 1 (2006) pp. 14-27

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Abstract

PURPOSE: The purpose of this secondary analysis is to determine whether a developmental maturity model differentially predicts pregnancy for African American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican inner-city teens. DESIGN AND METHODS: This is a secondary analysis of data from a case control study that tested a model of developmental maturity and teen pregnancy with 183 pregnant and never-pregnant pairs of inner-city teens matched on age, ethnicity, and freshman cohort. RESULTS: The models differentially predict pregnancy for the separate ethnic groups, with sexual behaviors being the most important factors regardless of ethnicity. PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: The health disparities of teen pregnancies may not decrease unless patterns of dating/sexual behaviors are reversed.

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  • Adolescent pregnancy
  • Healthcare disparities

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Authors

  • Marie L. Talashek

  • Melinda L. Alba

  • Angira Patel

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