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Estudos e Pesquisas em Psicologia

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FERREIRA, Camomila Lira et al. Repeat pregnancy in adolescence: study about the practice of contraception in adolescents. Estud. pesqui. psicol. [online]. 2012, vol.12, n.1, pp. 188-204. ISSN 1808-4281.

Pregnancy adolescence presents risks not only to the mother, but also to her baby, which may be increased by repeat pregnancy resulting in health policy problems. This study intended to consider the knowledge and usage of contraception amongst 50 repeat pregnancy adolescents whose average age was 17 years in Natal/RN/BR, during their prenatal follow up in nurseries of the Januário Cicco maternity hospital. This is an exploratory-descriptive study that was executed by means of a semi-structured questionnaire. Data analysis was performed by descriptive statistics through frequency response analysis. Results showed that 44% of these adolescents were aware of at least 3 types of contraception methods, of which condoms were the most utilized during first sexual intercourse (78,3%), with the oral contraceptive pill most used during the period prior to the current or last pregnancy (68%). Despite the knowledge about these methods and also usage reports by adolescents, repeat pregnancy demonstrates a need for more efficient encouragement of contraception practice.

Keywords : Recurrence of Pregnancy in Adolescence; Contraception Methods; Contraception Practice.

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