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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/150862
Type:
Presentation
Title:
What Can We Learn about Teen Pregnancy from Rural Adolescents?
Abstract:
What Can We Learn about Teen Pregnancy from Rural Adolescents?
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2010
Author:Weiss, Josie (Jo Anne), PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP
P.I. Institution Name:Florida Atlantic University
Title:Associate Professor
21st INRC [Research Presentation] Purpose: Teen pregnancy is an important public health concern often resulting in hardships for teen mothers, infants, communities, and society. Rates of teen pregnancy are higher in rural communities in the Southeastern US. Though much is known about the causes and consequences of teen pregnancy, little is known of rural teen perspectives about teen pregnancy. Students were asked to write practice essays stating whether teen pregnancy was a problem in their community and to explain their answer. The purpose of this research was to analyze these essays to better understand the perspectives of rural adolescents regarding teen pregnancy. Methods: Essays written by 125 male and female rural 10th grade students were analyzed using simple quantitative measures and the MAX Qualitative Data Analysis program. The data, coded line by line, were compared and contrasted between and among essays to determine relevant themes. Results: While 62% of the participants believed teen pregnancy was bad or wrong, more than 37% were either ambivalent or felt that teen pregnancy was good or okay. Relevant themes identified were: prevalence: noted by 66% of participants; causes: irresponsibility, accidental, intentional, living in a rural environment; consequences to teens, infants, parents; most significant consequence: disruption of teens' education and decreased opportunities for future success; prevention suggestions: either wait to have sex or use protection; other teen pregnancy thoughts: pregnancy is good, timing is not; teen sexual activity: teens are having sex, so pregnancy is likely. Conclusion: The voices of teens living in a rural abstinence-only educational environment should be heard. If consequences are not recognized or appreciated the need for prevention may not be valued. The prevalence of teen pregnancy could suggest an acceptability or normalization of rural teen pregnancy. These findings support the Theory of Adolescent Sexual Decision Making Leading to Teen Pregnancy.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleWhat Can We Learn about Teen Pregnancy from Rural Adolescents?en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/150862-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">What Can We Learn about Teen Pregnancy from Rural Adolescents?</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2010</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Weiss, Josie (Jo Anne), PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Florida Atlantic University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Associate Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">jweiss21@fau.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">21st INRC [Research Presentation] Purpose: Teen pregnancy is an important public health concern often resulting in hardships for teen mothers, infants, communities, and society. Rates of teen pregnancy are higher in rural communities in the Southeastern US. Though much is known about the causes and consequences of teen pregnancy, little is known of rural teen perspectives about teen pregnancy. Students were asked to write practice essays stating whether teen pregnancy was a problem in their community and to explain their answer. The purpose of this research was to analyze these essays to better understand the perspectives of rural adolescents regarding teen pregnancy. Methods: Essays written by 125 male and female rural 10th grade students were analyzed using simple quantitative measures and the MAX Qualitative Data Analysis program. The data, coded line by line, were compared and contrasted between and among essays to determine relevant themes. Results: While 62% of the participants believed teen pregnancy was bad or wrong, more than 37% were either ambivalent or felt that teen pregnancy was good or okay. Relevant themes identified were: prevalence: noted by 66% of participants; causes: irresponsibility, accidental, intentional, living in a rural environment; consequences to teens, infants, parents; most significant consequence: disruption of teens' education and decreased opportunities for future success; prevention suggestions: either wait to have sex or use protection; other teen pregnancy thoughts: pregnancy is good, timing is not; teen sexual activity: teens are having sex, so pregnancy is likely. Conclusion: The voices of teens living in a rural abstinence-only educational environment should be heard. If consequences are not recognized or appreciated the need for prevention may not be valued. The prevalence of teen pregnancy could suggest an acceptability or normalization of rural teen pregnancy. These findings support the Theory of Adolescent Sexual Decision Making Leading to Teen Pregnancy.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T10:44:56Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T10:44:56Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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