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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.


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.

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