Boyfriend pressure makes black teen girls more likely to want pregnancy


January 13, 2003
Blog Entry, Health

Poor, black teen girls who think their boyfriends want a baby are 12 times more likely to wish they were pregnant compared with similar teens who expressed no desire to become pregnant, according to new research. Girls in the study who wanted to become pregnant were almost four times as likely to have a partner who was at least five years older than themselves. They were also twice as likely to report feelings of low self-esteem and low family support, and twice as likely to feel that their partner would disapprove of using condoms.

From the Center for the Advancement of Health:
Boyfriend pressure makes black teen girls more likely to want pregnancy

Poor, black teen girls who think their boyfriends want a baby are 12 times more likely to wish they were pregnant compared with similar teens who expressed no desire to become pregnant, according to new research.

Girls in the study who wanted to become pregnant were almost four times as likely to have a partner who was at least five years older than themselves. They were also twice as likely to report feelings of low self-esteem and low family support, and twice as likely to feel that their partner would disapprove of using condoms.

Each of these factors could be influenced by behavioral intervention, which may make them “important aspects to consider when designing programs to reduce the risk of pregnancy among African-American adolescent females,” say Susan L. Davies, Ph.D., of the University of Alabama at Birmingham and colleagues.

Black teen girls examined

For the study, the researchers surveyed and interviewed 462 sexually active black teen girls between 14 and 18 years old living in low-income Birmingham neighborhoods. Forty percent of the participants had a previous pregnancy, but girls who wanted to become pregnant were less likely to report a past pregnancy.

Davies and colleagues suggest that these girls may experience a power imbalance in their sexual relationships, since their boyfriend’s age and perceived reluctance to use condoms have such a significant effect on the girls’ pregnancy wishes. This may mean that adolescent boys would be a good target for early pregnancy prevention programs, according to the researchers.

Although factors like self-esteem were not as strongly associated with pregnancy desires, “other studies suggest that early parenthood is perceived by some adolescents as an opportunity to heal childhood wounds, receive support from family members or obtain emotional closeness not found at home,” say the researchers.

The researchers acknowledge that their study does not address whether the girls’ desire to become pregnant may influence how their boyfriends think about pregnancy, or cause them to choose older sex partners.


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54 Responses to Boyfriend pressure makes black teen girls more likely to want pregnancy

  1. Ed @ Can Become Pregnant February 17, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    I am certain that this information is correct. Regardless of what anyone says, black, white, yellow, red or whatever color you are, non-skewed studies show the truth. There will always be errors to a point but after working in both white and black communities, I see the truth in this information. For more information on teenage pregnancy, you can look at Teenage Pregnancy And Birth Control

  2. Teveannah January 19, 2011 at 7:23 pm #

    luanda jones you need to be slapped for that comment …

  3. Teveannah January 19, 2011 at 7:21 pm #

    you know what anon your ass need to go some where with that bull….. idgaf what you say teen pregancy isnt on african americans teenage girls its also in white ,hispanic desent and i can keep going if you like ..so you can shut up and do something with your live .. i bet to your ass is white too.. you talking all that shit i bet you went to africa to adopted a black baby.. go check your self before you judge..

  4. Teveannah January 19, 2011 at 7:13 pm #

    very much rasicst .. im a young teenage. i come from african and hatian descent … i have a boyfriend of 3 long years .. do i want or thinks my boyfriend wants a child HELL no.. you guys need to go somewhere with this … i want so prove right know ,if yall find prove then email me at skiesmith1@yahoo.com asap

  5. Luanda Jones November 13, 2010 at 7:47 am #

    I wants to get knocked-up sos i can gets on the jerry springer show

  6. TEVEANNAh October 23, 2010 at 9:47 am #

    yall need to be slapped f othiz shyt

  7. lil hause October 21, 2010 at 12:21 am #

    RACIST much -.-

  8. we.shall.overcome October 19, 2010 at 8:42 pm #

    I don’t believe this article was meant to be racist at all. Many black teens are having children. I myself am a 19 year old African American college student and I am pregnant expecting first child. I didn’t have the best childhood growing up, not usig that as basis for my pregnancy just as a point. In many ways I feel where this article is going ad the same time I feel it should have been broadened, many different races are having as many or more children than African Americans and that’s fine. In the world all black people really want to focus on is the use of our race not the content on which its being used. This article is not racist, it isn’t meant to be racist, but the ignorance inside everyone wants to take the use of pregnant and blacks and change it into a big deal. For years blacks and whites have been equal, in politics,sports….everything and this is no exception. Black, whites,latinos,Asian all cultures multiply whether it be at a vast speed or in a timely fashion every race has a group that is more prone to childbirth than others, and with the blacks it happens to ne young teenage girls, so don’t take offence when it is the truth. The article never said ONLY African Americans have children at early ages, we were just the topic of discussion.

  9. john dough October 15, 2010 at 2:53 pm #

    Why don’t you go take two years of intensive english classes before you even think about posting anything, anywhere you fucking retard.

  10. Anon October 1, 2010 at 6:07 pm #

    This article isn’t racist just because it points out a statistical fact. I’m currently getting my masters degree in a scientific field and as such I have to take a research based class where all we do is analyze scientific data in quantitative and qualitative ways, and while maybe they didn’t phrase the article in the most eloquent way, conducting a research study in these terms and then reporting the findings isn’t racist just because some people don’t like the results. It would be like saying we conducted a big experiment in which we found that 1% fat milk is healthier for you than 2% milk and then being accused of hating dairy farmers that made 2% milk. The study clearly states that they interviewed a specific population and amongst that population that’s what they found. It wasn’t saying it was good or bad, it was just stating a fact. Now if some people don’t like this fact, then fair enough, I think it’s unfortunate too, but the reality states that this is a problem so rather than sit around debating whether it’s racist or not when we don’t have any proof that it is, lets work together to fix the problem at hand now that it’s been identified.

  11. Anonymous September 30, 2010 at 2:41 pm #

    I definitely don’t agree with this topic. I know I am 13 but I am African American and I take this offensive. Black girls are not the only race that get pregnant, so these people really need to stop. It’s all races! And yeah, sometimes I do wish I was pregnant because I love babies and I wish I had my own, but I’m way to you and I need to think about my future and how things will affect me, my family, my life, and baby..so. This is a really..foul article.

  12. Anonymous September 16, 2010 at 12:22 am #

    African american girls may be having more children, but who said that’s a bad thing?

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  14. Anonymous August 7, 2009 at 5:32 pm #

    The racial and ethnic difference differences are simple statistics. From he CDC:

    “By 2002, the rates for black and Hispanic teenagers were very similar and were each more than two and one-half times the rate for non-Hispanic white teenagers.”

    http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/pubs/pubd/hestats/teenpreg1990-2002/teenpreg1990-2002.htm

    If we want to solve this problem it’s important first to accept the facts and note where attention is most needed. And to ask why the statistics are as different as they are. Why are teen pregnancy rates so low among Asian girls for instance? What can we all emulate?

    But the rates are growing among all groups. And like obesity, this social disease spreads though the culture. Those with pregnant friends are more likely to be pregnant. We all thought tolerance was they key in the ’70s, but treating teen pregnancy as acceptable has, unfortunately, made it just that.

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