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Journal of Urban Health

, Volume 91, Issue 1, pp 176-185

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Unplanned Pregnancy in Adolescents: Association with Family Structure, Employed Mother, and Female Friends with Health-Risk Habits and Behaviors

  • Francisco Vázquez-NavaAffiliated withDepartment of Research, Faculty of Medicine, Autonomous University of Tamaulipas (UAT)
  • , Carlos F. Vázquez-RodriguezAffiliated withGeneral Hospital of Zone with Family Medicine No. 32, Social Security Mexican Institute Email author 
  • , Atenógenes H. Saldívar-GonzálezAffiliated withDepartment of Research, Faculty of Medicine, Autonomous University of Tamaulipas (UAT)
  • , Eliza M. Vázquez-RodríguezAffiliated withFaculty of Medicine, Minatilán Veracruzana University
  • , José A. Córdova-FernándezAffiliated withDelegation Southern State of Veracruz, Mexican Social Security Institute
  • , Jorge Felizardo-ÁvalosAffiliated withDepartment of Research, Faculty of Medicine, Autonomous University of Tamaulipas (UAT)
  • , Wilberto Sánchez-MárquezAffiliated withDepartment of Research, Faculty of Medicine, Autonomous University of Tamaulipas (UAT)

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Abstract

Previous publications have suggested that living in a nonintact family household and socializing with girlfriends who smoke or who consume alcoholic beverages favor the development of health-risk habits and customs in adolescents. However, their relationship with unplanned pregnancy in adolescents has not been determined. We investigated the association between family structure, employed mother, and female friends with health-risk habits and behaviors with unplanned pregnancy in adolescents (n = 3,130). After adjusting for low maternal educational level and low family income, logistic regression analyses showed that having an employed mother and socializing with girlfriends who have health-risk habits or behaviors, rather than living in a nonintact family household, appear to be the most important health-risk factors for unplanned pregnancy in adolescents. It is important for health-care programs for adolescents to be revised and for their strategies be strengthened in order to reach the objectives for which they were created.

Keywords

Family Adolescent Unplanned pregnancy Risk factors