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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/303894
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Path to an Unintended Pregnancy: A Couple's Perspective
Author(s):
Koren, Ainat; Brewin, Dorothy; Morgan, Betty
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Eta Omega
Author Details:
Ainat Koren, RN, PhD, ainat_koren@uml.edu; Dorothy Brewin, CNM, PhD; Betty Morgan, PMHCNS-BC;
Abstract:

Session presented on: Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Purpose: Data based on reports of reproductive intentions from both partners have been shown to
lead to improved predictions about family planning behavior than have data from only one partner.
This research focuses on understanding the complex socio-cultural factors and decision-making
dynamics among young couples that may lead to an unintended pregnancy.

Methods: Utilizing a qualitative
phenomenological research method, a purposive sample of 15 ethnically diverse couples between the ages of
18-30, who had had an unintended pregnancy, was recruited for in-depth interviews.

Results: Initial reaction to an unintended pregnancy was frequently different for the woman as compared to her
partner, with surprise, fear, denial, confusion and ambivalence being commonly described. Other factors that
influenced couple decision-making around the unintended pregnancy were both positive and negative past
family history, the hidden desire for a baby, contraceptive behavior, communication styles, relationship length,
family and community support, religiosity and fear or history of infertility. Substance use, moments of passion
and “allowing the chance” often were involved in lack of contraceptive utilization.

Conclusion: The findings from this study supports integration of couple counseling into family planning services
to enhance the couple's ability to manage their reproductive health by improving couple communication about
family intendedness and birth control use.

Keywords:
Qualitative research; Couples; Unintended pregnancy
Repository Posting Date:
22-Oct-2013
Date of Publication:
22-Oct-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
24th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Prague, Czech Republic
Description:
24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.

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dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titlePath to an Unintended Pregnancy: A Couple's Perspectiveen_GB
dc.contributor.authorKoren, Ainaten_GB
dc.contributor.authorBrewin, Dorothyen_GB
dc.contributor.authorMorgan, Bettyen_GB
dc.contributor.departmentEta Omegaen_GB
dc.author.detailsAinat Koren, RN, PhD, ainat_koren@uml.edu; Dorothy Brewin, CNM, PhD; Betty Morgan, PMHCNS-BC;en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/303894-
dc.description.abstract<p>Session presented on: Wednesday, July 24, 2013</p><b>Purpose: </b>Data based on reports of reproductive intentions from both partners have been shown to<br /="/">lead to improved predictions about family planning behavior than have data from only one partner.<br /="/">This research focuses on understanding the complex socio-cultural factors and decision-making<br /="/">dynamics among young couples that may lead to an unintended pregnancy. <p><b>Methods: </b>Utilizing a qualitative<br /="/">phenomenological research method, a purposive sample of 15 ethnically diverse couples between the ages of<br /="/">18-30, who had had an unintended pregnancy, was recruited for in-depth interviews. <p><b>Results: </b>Initial reaction to an unintended pregnancy was frequently different for the woman as compared to her<br /="/">partner, with surprise, fear, denial, confusion and ambivalence being commonly described. Other factors that<br /="/">influenced couple decision-making around the unintended pregnancy were both positive and negative past<br /="/">family history, the hidden desire for a baby, contraceptive behavior, communication styles, relationship length,<br /="/">family and community support, religiosity and fear or history of infertility. Substance use, moments of passion<br /="/">and “allowing the chance” often were involved in lack of contraceptive utilization. <p><b>Conclusion: </b>The findings from this study supports integration of couple counseling into family planning services<br /="/">to enhance the couple's ability to manage their reproductive health by improving couple communication about<br /="/">family intendedness and birth control use.en_GB
dc.subjectQualitative researchen_GB
dc.subjectCouplesen_GB
dc.subjectUnintended pregnancyen_GB
dc.date.available2013-10-22T20:25:19Z-
dc.date.issued2013-10-22-
dc.date.accessioned2013-10-22T20:25:19Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name24th International Nursing Research Congressen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationPrague, Czech Republicen_GB
dc.description24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.en_GB
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.en_GB
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