CitationJames-Hawkins, Laurie; Denardo, Danielle; Blalock, Casey; & Mollborn, Stefanie (2014). Do depressive symptoms in male and female adolescents predict unintended births in emerging adulthood?. 2014 Add Health Users Conference. Bethesda, MD.
AbstractHypotheses: Both women and men will be more likely to report an unintended pregnancy between the ages of 18-24 (in emerging adulthood) if they report higher levels of depressive symptoms in adolescence. Method: Data from 14,271 respondents to the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, waves 1 and 4 (reproductive histories), will be used to examine the relationship between depressive symptoms in adolescence and unintended first birth in emerging adulthood in both females and males. Key Variables: Average depressive symptom scores collected at wave 1 will be used to predict wave4 reported reproductive events occurring between the ages of 18 and 24 such as abortion, use of effective versus ineffective contraceptive methods, and unintended pregnancy. Background factors will be added differences examined by gender. Analytic approach: OLS Regression and logistic regression will be used. Expected results: It is expected that depressive symptoms in adolescence will be predictive of increased chance of abortion, unintended pregnancy, and use of ineffective contraceptive methods. In addition, it is hypothesized that this relationship will be stronger for women than for men.
Reference TypeConference proceeding
Book Title2014 Add Health Users Conference