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Factors influencing unintended pregnancies amongst adolescent girls and young women in Cambodia

Rizvi, Farwa, Williams, Joanne and Hoban, Elizabeth 2019, Factors influencing unintended pregnancies amongst adolescent girls and young women in Cambodia, International journal of environmental research and public health, vol. 16, no. 20, pp. 1-15, doi: 10.3390/ijerph16204006.

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Title Factors influencing unintended pregnancies amongst adolescent girls and young women in Cambodia
Author(s) Rizvi, Farwa
Williams, JoanneORCID iD for Williams, Joanne orcid.org/0000-0002-5633-1592
Hoban, Elizabeth
Journal name International journal of environmental research and public health
Volume number 16
Issue number 20
Start page 1
End page 15
Total pages 15
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2019-10
ISSN 1661-7827
1660-4601
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Environmental Sciences
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Environmental Sciences & Ecology
adolescents
reproductive and sexual health
unintended pregnancies
contraception
women's health
women's status
REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH
women’s health
women’s status
Summary Background: Unintended pregnancies in Cambodian youth are a major reproductive health concern with detrimental personal and socioeconomic consequences. A social ecological model was used to identify sociodemographic factors potentially associated with unintended pregnancies, and an analysis of data from the 2014 Cambodian Demographic and Health Survey was used to determine associations. Methods: Weighted data were analysed using multiple logistic regression analyses for 3406 Cambodian sexually active single, in union or married females aged 15–29 years. Results: The prevalence of unintended pregnancy was 12.3%. Unintended pregnancy was significantly associated with younger age groups (15–24 years), multiparity, history of abortion, and current use of modern contraceptive methods. All women had an increased likelihood of unintended pregnancy when the husband alone or someone else in the household made decisions about their access to healthcare. Conclusion: The burden of unintended pregnancies is associated with young age, multiparity, history of abortions, unemployment, and low autonomy for accessing healthcare. Multi-pronged, holistic reproductive and sexual health program interventions are needed to increase literacy and accessibility to modern contraception and to raise awareness about women’s health and status in Cambodia.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/ijerph16204006
Indigenous content off
Field of Research MD Multidisciplinary
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30132037

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