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Contraceptive Knowledge and Intentions Among Latina Teenagers Experiencing Their First Birth

  • Author(s): Erickson, Pamela I.
  • Scrimshaw, Susan C.M.
  • et al.

This article describes the social context of pregnancy, contraceptive knowlege, past birth control use and plans for future contraception for 233 adolescent women of Mexican origin and/or descent delivering their first child in one of two Los Angeles hospitals. The teenagers described here were part of a larger sample of 518 women interviewed in 1981 and 1982. Although this paper focuses on adolescents, the adult group is briefly discussed for purposes of comparison.

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