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Title: Risk factors for teenage pregnancies in Sri Lanka
Alternative title / Subtitle: Perspective of a community based study
Authors: Dulitha, Fernando
Nalika, Gunawardena
Upul, Senarath
Chrishantha, Weerasinghe Manuj
Alwis, Senerivathe Rohini de
Item type: Conference publication
Keywords: Teenage pregnancy;pregnant adolescents;Έφηβες;Εγκυμοσύνη;Παράγοντες κινδύνου;Teenage childbearing;Risk factors
Subjects: Medicine
Issue Date: 19-Jul-2014
Date of availability: 19-Jul-2014
Publisher: Μαρβάκη, Χριστίνα
Abstract: Background:Teenage pregnancies are associated with negative obstetric, foetal outcomes and social consequences. Aim: The present study aimed at identifying risk factors for teenage pregnancies. Methods and material:This was a community based comparative study conducted in three districts of Colombo, Anuradhapura and Batticaloa in Sri Lanka. For each of the 510 pregnant teenagers, 508 age matched non-pregnant females were identified from the neighbourhood. Information related to individual level, family level and societal level risk factors were collected by trained interviewers using a structured pre-tested. Risk factors were assessed in univariate and multivariate analyses. Results: Tamil (OR=3.31) and Muslim (OR=1.92) ethnicity were predictors of teenage pregnancy. Lower level of formal education (OR=1.95) and lack of knowledge on disadvantages of teenage pregnancies (OR=3.79), less support from the teachers (OR=3.47) and lack of strictness in family (OR=2.01) have also contributed to teenage pregnancy. Teenagers with a higher confidence in decision making (OR=2.11) were also at risk of becoming pregnant. Conclusions: Most of the risk factors identified were modifiable and preventive interventions are suggested.
Description: Research article
Language: English
Citation: Dulitha, F., Nalika, G., Upul, S. & Chrishantha, M. (2013) Risk factors for teenage pregnancies in Sri Lanka: perspective of a community based study. “Health Science Journal”. 7 (3). p. 269-284.
Journal: Health Science Journal
Type of Journal: With a review process (peer review)
Access scheme: Publicly accessible
License: Αναφορά Δημιουργού-Μη Εμπορική Χρήση-Όχι Παράγωγα Έργα 3.0 Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες
Appears in Collections:Τόμος 7, τεύχος 3 (Ιουλ. - Σεπ. 2013)

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