Predictors and consequences of adolescents’ norms against teenage pregnancy

Citation

Mollborn, Stefanie (2010). Predictors and consequences of adolescents' norms against teenage pregnancy. Sociological Quarterly. vol. 51 (2) pp. 303-328 , PMCID: PMC3172313

Abstract

African American and Latino teenagers and communities are frequently assumed to have weaker norms against teenage pregnancy than whites. Despite their importance, adolescents’ norms about teenage pregnancy have not been measured or their correlates and consequences documented. This study examines individual-level and contextual variation in adolescents’ embarrassment at the prospect of a teenage pregnancy and its relationship with subsequent teenage pregnancy. Descriptive analyses find that norms vary by gender and individual- and neighborhood-level race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status (SES). In multivariate analyses, neighborhood-level racial/ethnic associations with embarrassment are explained by neighborhood-level SES. Embarrassment is associated with a lower likelihood of subsequent teenage pregnancy but does not mediate racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic influences, underscoring the importance of both norms and structural factors for understanding teenage fertility.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1533-8525.2010.01173.x

Keyword(s)

Reproductive Health

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Sociological Quarterly

Author(s)

Mollborn, Stefanie

Year Published

2010

Volume Number

51

Issue Number

2

Pages

303-328

DOI

10.1111/j.1533-8525.2010.01173.x

PMCID

PMC3172313

Reference ID

1236