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Revista de Salud Pública

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Abstract

MAZUERA-ARIAS, Rina; TREJOS-HERRERA, Ana M.  and  REYES-RUIZ, Lizeth. Perception of adolescent pregnancy in the Department of North Santander, Colombia. Rev. salud pública [online]. 2017, vol.19, n.6, pp.733-738. ISSN 0124-0064.  http://dx.doi.org/10.15446/rsap.v19n6.57679.

Objetive

Analyze the perception of adolescent pregnancy in the Department of North Santander.

Method

A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted with 406 adolescent mothers between 10 and 19 years old in 6 sub-regions of the department. We used a structured survey and the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS; Version No. 23) was employed for the data tabulation.

Results

69 % of adolescents believe that unplanned pregnancy is associated with the lack of sexual education. 66 % say that it is preventable with the use of contraceptive methods. It is known that unwanted pregnancies are the main cause of school dropouts for 62 % of adolescents.

Discussion:

Ensuring greater access to sex education and facilitating the free and easy access to contraception can reduce the problem of teen pregnancy.

Keywords : Sexuality; family planning services; adolescent behavior; pregnancy; unplanned; pregnancy in adolescence (source: MeSH; NLM).

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