Educational advantage and pregnancy intention status


Wise, Akilah (2012). Educational advantage and pregnancy intention status. 2012 Add Health Users Conference. Bethesda, MD.


To identify whether educational advantage is associated with pregnancy intention status outcomes. I used data from Wave I and Wave III of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health in order to examine whether indicators of educational advantage in youth predict the likelihood of reporting a pregnancy or birth as unintended (unwanted/mistimed) or intended. I hypothesized that women with educational advantage in youth were less likely to report an unintended pregnancy or birth and more likely to report an intended pregnancy and birth. Preliminary results are based on a sample of 2683 women who reported pregnancies or sexual activity in the past 12 months. Associations were assessed using multinomial logistic regression. I find that women who lived with two natural and married parents as a youth were 52.2% (RR = .478, s.e = .129) less likely to report a pregnancy as unwanted and 46.3% (RR = .537, s.e = .149) less likely to report a birth as mistimed. Of women who reported pregnancies, those with high college aspirations were 32% (RR = 1.32, s.e. = .164) more likely to report a pregnancy as mistimed. These results suggest that pregnancy intention status is a complex concept and that educational advantage, and other types of advantage, may complicate its understanding, requiring further investigation of this relationship.


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Conference proceeding

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2012 Add Health Users Conference


Wise, Akilah

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Bethesda, MD

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