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J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2010 Jun;19(6):1195-200. doi: 10.1089/jwh.2009.1623.

Race/Ethnicity and pregnancy decision making: the role of fatalism and subjective social standing.

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Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, University of California, San Francisco, California 94143-0132, USA. bryanta@obgyn.ucsf.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Rates of unintended pregnancy in the United States differ by race and ethnicity. We examined whether these differences might be explained by maternal fatalism and subjective social standing.

METHODS:

We used data from 1070 pregnant women of sociodemographically diverse backgrounds enrolled in prenatal care in the San Francisco Bay area. Logistic regression was used to explore the relationship between attitude variables and a measure of pregnancy decision making ("not trying to get pregnant").

RESULTS:

African American women were more likely than others to report not trying to get pregnant with the current pregnancy (adjusted odds ratio [AOR] 2.04, 95% confidence interval [95% CI] 1.22-3.43, p = 0.007). Higher subjective social standing was associated with a lower likelihood of not trying among white and U.S.-born women only (AOR 0.67, p = 0.001 and AOR 0.75, p < 0.001, respectively. Fatalism was associated with not trying in bivariate but not multivariable analyses.

CONCLUSIONS:

In this population, the likelihood of reporting not trying to get pregnant was higher among racial/ethnic minorities regardless of subjective social standing. Programs aimed at reduction in unintended pregnancy rates need to be targeted to a broader population of women.

PMID:
20469962
PMCID:
PMC2924781
DOI:
10.1089/jwh.2009.1623
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