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J Pediatr Nurs. 2011 Jun;26(3):216-23. doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2010.02.005. Epub 2010 Apr 2.

Predictors of unprotected intercourse for female adolescents measured at their request for a pregnancy test.

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University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA, USA.


The purpose of this study was to identify predictors of unprotected intercourse in a sample of female adolescents requesting pregnancy testing. A survey was completed by 305 adolescents at a clinic visit. The dependent variable, unprotected sexual intercourse, was measured by self-reported frequency of condom use. Significant variables in the final regression model predicting condom nonuse included current partner's age, frequency of sexual activity, race, age at menarche, time dating, resiliency, reproductive knowledge, and fertility fear. Fertility fears were identified as a possible motivator for unprotected intercourse, an important finding for health care professionals providing care to adolescents.

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