The concept of pregnancy intendedness is complex and may not bear the same meaning to all women. Moreover, researcher definition and women’s meaning were thought to be different. Some researchers have indicated that it is unclear how well women understand and relate to questions used by the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) and how the classifications relate to women’s lives. The purpose of this study was to explore the meaning of terms such as planned and/or intended pregnancy among African-American women of childbearing age using a qualitative exploratory descriptive method. Although African-American women want children, they are three times as likely to experience an unintended pregnancy as white women. Data extracted from transcripts were coded and analyzed for recurrent patterns and themes. For this study, the Theory of Planned Behavior (Ajzen & Fishbein, 1980) was employed to frame interview questions and to interpret data. Findings suggest participants and partners often did not have the same perceptions or meanings of pregnancy planning or intentions. These findings have implications for research and family planning policy.
Meaning of Pregnancy Terms, Africa-American Mothers, Pregnancy Intendedness
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Solomon, S., Suther, S. G., Lopez, I., Ashford, A., Amankwaa, L. C., & Dutton, G. (2017). Meaning of Pregnancy Terms Among African-American Women. The Qualitative Report, 22(5), 1237-1250. Retrieved from http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol22/iss5/3