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Race & Ethnicity in Risk of Unintended Pregnancy

Contraception; ePub 2017 Dec 27; Kemet, et al

Neither race nor ethnicity is significantly associated with unintended pregnancy, a recent study found. The cross-sectional study included 161 English- or Spanish-speaking women aged 16 to 44 years with pregnancies <24 weeks’ gestation and recruited between June 2014 and June 2015. Participants completed self-assessments of race, ethnicity, and multi-dimensional measures of pregnancy context, including timing, intention, wantedness, desirability, happiness, and planning. Researchers found:

  • Neither race nor ethnicity is significantly associated with unintended pregnancy.
  • Black non-Hispanic women were more likely to report happiness about new pregnancies than white non-Hispanic women.
  • Evaluation of multi-dimensional pregnancy contexts assessed antenatally may capture the experiences of women more accurately, especially black and Hispanic women.

Citation:

Kemet S, Lundsberg LS, Gariepy AM. Race and ethnicity may not be associated with risk of unintended pregnancy. [Published online ahead of print December 27, 2017]. Contraception. doi:10.1016/j.contraception.2017.12.014.