Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp 337–368

Teen contraception: A review of perspectives on compliance

  • J. Gayle Beck
  • Dana K. Davies

DOI: 10.1007/BF01542143

Cite this article as:
Beck, J.G. & Davies, D.K. Arch Sex Behav (1987) 16: 337. doi:10.1007/BF01542143


National attention has been drawn to the near epidemic rates of teen-age pregnancy in this country, with greater psychological understanding of this problem cited as a research need. This paper reviews available literature on teen contraceptive compliance with particular focus on the development of self-regulation. In this first section, programs designed to enhance teens' choice and use of birth control are reviewed, with specific attention given to emerging issues and methodological concerns. In the second section, studies that examine factors predictive of contraceptive use in teen-age girls are discussed. This literature is grouped according to three conceptual systems: medical perspectives, behavioral theory, and self-regulation and self-control approaches. A summary is presented, specifying ways in which conceptually based research findings can assist in program development to address the problem of teen pregnancy.

Key words

teen contraceptioncompliancereproductive health care

Copyright information

© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Gayle Beck
    • 1
  • Dana K. Davies
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of HoustonHoustonUSA