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Rev Assoc Med Bras (1992). 2017 Jul;63(7):628-635. doi: 10.1590/1806-9282.63.07.628.

Pregnancy recurrence in adolescents in Southern Brazil.

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PhD Student, Health Science Graduate Program, Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade Federal do Rio Grande (Famed-FURG), Rio Grande, RS, Brazil.
PhD, Associate Professor, Famed-FURG, Rio Grande, RS, Brazil.
Medical Student, Famed-FURG, Rio Grande, RS, Brazil.



To determine the pregnancy recurrence among adolescents and young people in a city located in the extreme south of Brazil and to identify associated factors.


One hundred and twelve (112) women participated, having delivered their children in 2010, while adolescents. The sample was stratified in two stages, being the first a census of the whole population of the city and the second a convenience sample. For statistical analysis, Pearson Chi-square test was used, with a significance level of 5%.


The recurrence rate was 53.6%, with an average of 28.6 months. At the time of delivery, in 2010, recurrence was significantly associated with level of education (p=0.044) as well as not being in school (p=0.036). In 2014, the factors associated were level of education (p<0.001), transcript of grades (p=0.030) and income (p=0.030).


Recurrence of teenage pregnancy represents a lack of importance given to formal education, a fact that mitigates the opportunities and hinders insertion in the labor market, creating a cycle of social inequality. Multidisciplinary efforts involving schools, health services and the youth in educational activities are thus vital, aiming at critical thinking to transform reality.

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