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The association of attitudes about contraceptives with contraceptive use in a random sample of Colorado women

James-Hawkins, Laurie and Broaddus, Michelle (2016) 'The association of attitudes about contraceptives with contraceptive use in a random sample of Colorado women.' The Social Science Journal, 53 (2). 167 - 173. ISSN 0362-3319

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Abstract

Context Research regarding unintended pregnancy often focuses on how women make decisions about whether or not to use contraceptives, and structural barriers to contraception. Less research examines how multidimensional attitudinal characteristics may be associated with effective contraceptive use. Methods In fall 2007, we conducted a random telephone survey of 801 sexually active women in Colorado to assess associations of the attitudinal dimensions of Planning, Partner Communication, and Stigma and Misinformation with contraceptive use. We also examine demographic differences on hypothesized predictors. Results Stigma and Misinformation is higher in Latina women, women on Medicaid or with no insurance, women with less than a college degree, and women living in small towns or rural areas. Partner Communication attitudes are most positive among those with a bachelor's degree, and those with less than a high school degree, while they are most negative among those living in small towns and rural areas. In multivariate analysis, planning to use contraceptives is associated with greater likelihood of more effective contraceptive use. Higher levels of planning and partner communication are associated with greater likelihood of any contraceptive use. Discussion In addition to addressing structural barriers to contraception, interventions to address the need to plan for contraception are vital to mitigate the high prevalence of unintended pregnancies in the United States.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Contraception, Unintended pregnancy, Attitudes, Barriers to contraceptive use
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Women
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2018 09:43
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2018 10:25
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/23559

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