Pregnancy Intentions, Long-Acting Contraceptive Use, and Rapid Subsequent Pregnancies Among Adolescent and Adult First-Time Mothers

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  • Miranda R. Waggoner PhD,

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    1. Miranda R. Waggoner, PhD, is Postdoctoral Research Associate, Office of Population Research, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ; Robin Gaines Lanzi, PhD, MPH, is Associate Professor, Department of Health Behavior, School of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL; Lorraine V. Klerman, Dr PH, was Professor and Director of the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, USA.
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  • Robin Gaines Lanzi PhD, MPH,

    1. Miranda R. Waggoner, PhD, is Postdoctoral Research Associate, Office of Population Research, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ; Robin Gaines Lanzi, PhD, MPH, is Associate Professor, Department of Health Behavior, School of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL; Lorraine V. Klerman, Dr PH, was Professor and Director of the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, USA.
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  • Lorraine V. Klerman Dr PH

    1. Miranda R. Waggoner, PhD, is Postdoctoral Research Associate, Office of Population Research, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ; Robin Gaines Lanzi, PhD, MPH, is Associate Professor, Department of Health Behavior, School of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL; Lorraine V. Klerman, Dr PH, was Professor and Director of the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, USA.
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waggoner@princeton.edu, with a copy to the Editor: poster@uta.edu

Abstract

PROBLEM:  Greater understanding is needed related to qualitatively assess pregnancy intentions and rapid subsequent pregnancies among adolescent and adult mothers.

METHODS:  Four-site prospective study of 227 adolescent and adult mothers. Data were analyzed to understand the relationship between pregnancy intentions, adolescent status, and use of long-acting contraceptives and rapid subsequent pregnancy.

FINDINGS:  The findings from this study provide evidence of the importance of goal-oriented pregnancy intentions, long-acting contraceptive use, and older age in delaying a second pregnancy.

CONCLUSION:  Findings reveal the need for clinician awareness of the qualitative pregnancy intentions of young women and potential desired use of long-acting contraceptives.

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