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International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology, ISSN 2277-2812 E-ISSN: 2249-8109

Volume 9, Issue 1, November 2013 pp 24-28

Research Article

Unmarried Adolescent Pregnancy: a Learning Lesson!


Archana Rokade*, R. P. Patange#, D. P. Javadekar

{*,†Assistant Professor, #Professor and HOD}Department of OBGY, KIMSDU, Karad, Maharashtra, INDIA.


Academic Editor : Dr. Aher K.R.



Objective: To determine risk factors and explore the socio-behavioral context of pregnancyin the unmarried adolescent girls. Methods: This is cross-sectional observational study over period of one year from August 2012 to July 2013. Total 90 unmarried pregnant girls were included in study. All unmarried adolescent girls seeking abortion were given questionnaire and data that collected was analyzed. This study was conducted in Obstetrics and Gynecology Department of Krishna University of medical sciences karad. Study variables: age, relation with partner, age of partner, literacy and education, socioeconomic class, parenting, type of family and parenting, family problems, awareness of sexual and reproductive health, involvement in productive activities, awareness regarding STD and AIDS, knowledge of contraception, gestational age, methods used for MTP. Results: 90 unmarried adolescent girls undergoing abortions included in the study.60% were from rural area and 44.4% were in age group of 17-18 years. More than 57.7% of unmarried girls had a friend or fiancée as their sex partner who were also in adolescent age. 42% sought abortion in the second trimester of pregnancy. Single parenting with irrational strictness or negligence and family disputes are independent risk factor for adolescent unmarried pregnancy. Contraceptive awareness was low, awareness regarding AIDS (though low at 47%), was higher than that for STDs in general (31%).lack of awareness regarding sexual and reproductive health and noninvolvement in productive activities are important risk factors.