Contraceptive behavior among sexually active Hispanic adolescents

Robert H. Durant, Carolyn Seymore, Robert A Pendergrast, Rebecca Beckman

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The purpose of this study was to examine those factors associated with the contraceptive behavior of a national representative sample of Hispanic female adolescents. The subjects included all (n = 85) unmarried, sexually active Hispanic women, aged 15 to 19, from the 1982 National Survey of Family Growth. Contraceptive behavior was measured on a normalized scale, ranging from oral contraceptives to no contraception. Mexican/American and Central/South American background females were more likely (p < 0.031) to use effective birth control than Puerto Rican, Cuban, and other Hispanic background subjects. Twenty additional social, behavioral, and demographic variables were found to be significantly associated (p < 0.05) with contraceptive behavior. Based on multiple regression analysis, seven of these variables were found to explain 62% (p < 0.0001) of the variation in the contraceptive behavior of this sample. Poorer contraceptive behavior was associated with noncompliance with the initial birth control method used (33.8%), lower coital frequency (8.3%), older postmenarchial age (5.7%), failure to use birth control at first coitus (4.6%), fewer years dating (4.0%), lower frequency of church attendance (3.3%), and never having experienced a pregnancy scare (2.0%). These findings suggest that the contraceptive behavior of Hispanic female adolescents is a dynamic process that can be understood in the context of previous sexual and contraceptive behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)490-496
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Adolescent Health Care
Volume11
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990

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Keywords

  • Contraceptive behavior Church attendance Sexual behavior DuRant's model of contraceptive Hispanics

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  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Contraceptive behavior among sexually active Hispanic adolescents. / Durant, Robert H.; Seymore, Carolyn; Pendergrast, Robert A; Beckman, Rebecca.

In: Journal of Adolescent Health Care, Vol. 11, No. 6, 01.01.1990, p. 490-496.

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Durant, Robert H. ; Seymore, Carolyn ; Pendergrast, Robert A ; Beckman, Rebecca. / Contraceptive behavior among sexually active Hispanic adolescents. In: Journal of Adolescent Health Care. 1990 ; Vol. 11, No. 6. pp. 490-496.
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