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Teen pregnancy in rural western Kenya: a public health issue

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Omoro, Tereza, Gray, Simone C., Otieno, George, Mbeda, Calvin, Phillips-Howard, Penelope ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1018-116X, Hayes, Tameka, Otieno, Fredrick and Gust, Deborah A. (2018) 'Teen pregnancy in rural western Kenya: a public health issue'. International Journal of Adolescence and Youth, Vol 23, Issue 4, pp. 399-408.

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Abstract

Rates of teenage pregnancy remain high in sub-Saharan Africa. The KEMRI Health and Demographic Surveillance System provided the sampling frame for a survey. Analysis focused on 1,952 girls aged 13–19 years. Over a third (37.2%; n = 727) were sexually active and 23.3% (n = 454) had ever been pregnant. Adjusted odds of reporting a history of pregnancy were greater for older compared to younger teens, teens who were ever married or cohabiting compared to those who were single, teens with a primary education or less compared to those with a higher level of education, and teens who experienced partner violence in the last 12 months. Three-quarters of teens pregnant in the last 12 months did not want to get pregnant (n = 190); only 64.2% (n = 122) answered yes to using any family planning method. Teen pregnancy and its consequences are serious public health issues. Higher education levels are a crucial component to address the problem.

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Additional Information: Teen pregnancy in rural western Kenya: a public health issue (PDF Download Available). Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/321799992_Teen_pregnancy_in_rural_western_Kenya_a_public_health_issue [accessed Jan 02 2018].
Subjects: WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 309 Women's health
WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 310 Maternal welfare
WQ Obstetrics > Pregnancy > WQ 200 General works
WQ Obstetrics > Pregnancy Complications > WQ 240 Pregnancy complications (General)
WS Pediatrics > By Age Groups > WS 460 Adolescence (General)
Faculty: Department: Clinical Sciences & International Health > Clinical Sciences Department
Digital Object Identifer (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1080/02673843.2017.1402794
SWORD Depositor: JISC Pubrouter
Depositing User: Stacy Murtagh
Date Deposited: 02 Jan 2018 12:56
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2019 14:16
URI: https://archive.lstmed.ac.uk/id/eprint/7978

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