Conflict of interest Dr. Niemelä has consulted at Pfizer and been invited as a lecturer by AstraZeneca. These companies have had no role in designing the study or writing the manuscript. The other authors have no financial relations to disclose.
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Childhood predictors of becoming a teenage mother among Finnish girls
Article first published online: 18 SEP 2012
© 2012 The Authors Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica© 2012 Nordic Federation of Societies of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
Volume 91, Issue 11, pages 1319–1325, November 2012
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LEHTI, V., NIEMELÄ, S., HEINZE, M., SILLANMÄKI, L., HELENIUS, H., PIHA, J., KUMPULAINEN, K., TAMMINEN, T., ALMQVIST, F. and SOURANDER, A. (2012), Childhood predictors of becoming a teenage mother among Finnish girls. Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, 91: 1319–1325. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0412.2012.01517.x
Please cite this article as: Lehti V, Niemelä S, Heinze M, Sillanmäki L, Helenius H, Piha J, Kumpulainen K, Tamminen T, Almqvist F, Sourander A. Childhood predictors of becoming a teenage mother among Finnish girls. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2012; 91:1319-1325.
- Issue published online: 1 NOV 2012
- Article first published online: 18 SEP 2012
- Accepted manuscript online: 10 AUG 2012 07:34AM EST
- Received: 20 January 2012 Accepted: 1 August 2012
- Teenage pregnancy;
- mental health;
- risk factor;
- pediatric and adolescent gynecology
Objective. To study predictive associations between psychosocial factors at age 8 and becoming a mother under the age of 20. Design: Prospective follow-up study. Setting: Finland. Population. 2867 girls born in 1981. Methods. Information on family background and psychiatric symptoms was collected at age 8. The associations between these factors and becoming a teenage mother were analyzed using logistic regression analysis. Main outcome measures. Data on births by the age of 20 collected from the hospital discharge register. Results. 128 girls (4.8%) had given birth at the age of 15–19 years. Childhood conduct problems and hyperactive problems, having young mother and family structure other than two biological parents had an independent association with becoming a teenage mother. Conclusions. Girls with externalizing type of problems in childhood have an increased risk of becoming teenage mothers. These problems may also complicate their motherhood.