Risk factors for pregnancy and childbearing in single young women: Evidence from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health

Miller-Lewis, Lauren, Wade, Tracey and Lee, Christina (2005) Risk factors for pregnancy and childbearing in single young women: Evidence from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 29 4: 292-303. doi:10.1080/01650250544000071


Author Miller-Lewis, Lauren
Wade, Tracey
Lee, Christina
Title Risk factors for pregnancy and childbearing in single young women: Evidence from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health
Journal name International Journal of Behavioral Development   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0165-0254
Publication date 2005
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/01650250544000071
Volume 29
Issue 4
Start page 292
End page 303
Total pages 12
Place of publication UK
Publisher Sage
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subject C1
321202 Epidemiology
730201 Women's health
Abstract This study investigated psychosocial predictors of early pregnancy and childbearing in single young women, consistent with the Eriksonian developmental perspective. Two mail-out surveys assessing reproductive behaviour and sociodemographic, education/competence, psychosocial well-being, and aspiration factors were completed 4 years apart by 2635 young women, aged 18 to 20 when first surveyed. Young women in the emerging adulthood'' developmental period were selected from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health. Longitudinally, lower investment in education over low-status paid work, experiencing unemployment, greater psychosocial distress, stress and alcohol use, and high family aspirations combined with low vocational aspirations were risk factors for early single pregnancy and childbearing. Several mediational relationships also existed between these predictor variables. It was concluded that psychosocial factors play an important role in understanding early pregnancy and childbearing in single young Australian women, and that the findings provide some support for investigating early pregnancy and childbearing from an Eriksonian developmental perspective.
Keyword Psychology, Developmental
Adolescent Pregnancy
Teenage Pregnancy
Nonpregnant Adolescents
Predictors
Adulthood
Behavior
Outcomes
Mothers
Girls
Unemployment
Q-Index Code C1

 
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