The Effects of Unintended Pregnancy on Infant, Child, and Parental Health: A Review of the Literature
Article first published online: 26 FEB 2008
2008 The Population Council, Inc.
Studies in Family Planning
Volume 39, Issue 1, pages 18–38, March 2008
How to Cite
Gipson, J. D., Koenig, M. A. and Hindin, M. J. (2008), The Effects of Unintended Pregnancy on Infant, Child, and Parental Health: A Review of the Literature. Studies in Family Planning, 39: 18–38. doi: 10.1111/j.1728-4465.2008.00148.x
- Issue published online: 26 FEB 2008
- Article first published online: 26 FEB 2008
This article provides a critical review of studies assessing the effects of unintended pregnancy on the health of infants, children, and parents in developed and developing countries. A framework for determining and measuring the pathways between unintended pregnancy and future health outcomes is outlined. The review highlights persistent gaps in the literature, indicating a need for more studies in developing countries and for further research to assess the impact of unintended pregnancy on parental health and long-term health outcomes for children and families. The challenges in measuring and assessing these health impacts are also discussed, highlighting avenues in which further research efforts could substantially bolster existing knowledge.