Early pregnancy

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Subtitle: a contextual analysis about risk and protection
Author list: Koller S, Cerqueira-Santos E, dos Santos Paludo S, dei Schirò E D B
Publisher: Universidade Estadual de Maringá
Publication year: 2010
Volume number: 15
Issue number: 1
Start page: 72
End page: 85
Number of pages: 14
ISSN: 1413-7372
Languages: Portuguese-Brazil (PT-BR)


Early pregnancy has been widely understood as a risk factor, moreover, in some cases, it has been considering as a protective factor. Thus, more studies among this population should be done, looking for the variables involving such question. This exploratory-descriptive study had as aim to identify the existent differences among a group of adolescents that lived the pregnancy experience. Participants were 1015 low SES young people from Porto Alegre, aged between 14-24, males and females. A questionnaire with 109 questions was used asking about major domains of life: drug use, sexuality, religiosity, school. There were more females 52.3% than males 47.7% in the sample. Most of the participants already had their first sexual intercourse, 53.5%, most of them males (64.6%). The average for first sexual intercourse was lower for males (M=13.64; dp=1.7) than females (M=14.79; dp=1.4). Results indicate an expected rate of pregnancy and abortion for low SES young. We stress the low age for first sexual intercourse and the fact that 1/4 of our sample has an irregular contraceptive method. We discuss about contraceptive method and abortion linked to the adolescents health.


adolescence, Pregnancy, Protection, Risk


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