I'm not big on contraception: exploring the pathways to unplanned pregnancy in adolescent females

A/Prof. Jennifer Fenwick PhD

Unplanned teenage pregnancy and parenthood occurs as a result of complex biopsychosocial interactions and is a significant social and health issue in Western society. It is associated with increasing social exclusion and adverse social, economic and psychological consequences, and defies all evaluated preventive strategies.  This unique study in minors sought to explore and understand the nature of girls’ attitudes, beliefs and experiences towards romantic relationships, sexual behaviour, contraceptive use, pregnancy and parenthood in order to more fully understand these complex interactions and identify potentially modifiable pathways.

 

Conflict of Interest: None disclosed
Financial Support/Funding: NHMRC Funded Project
Recorded: Sydney, Australia, April 2007

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A/Prof. Jennifer Fenwick PhD

Jennifer Fenwick has over twenty five years clinical, academic and research expertise. This has involved the implementation and development of women centred models of maternity care in both the public and private sector in Australia. Jennifer has expertise in qualitative research design and analysis and is well published in the area of women’s experiences of mothering in the neonatal nursery, women’s expectations for labour and birth and women’s experiences of caesarean section and VBAC. Jennifer is also the co-author of two books that use narrative to describe and explore the histories of nursing and midwifery in Samoa. Jennifer’s current research interests are diverse and include; women’s childbirth fear, men’s childbirth expectations, improving the emotional care of women after birth (PRIME), birth unit design, midwifery and family breastfeeding discourses, young’s men’s attitudes and behaviours around sexual health, young female’s experiences of contraception and using the virtual world of second life as a teaching and learning tool. Jennifer has recently returned to QLD as Professor of Midwifery at Griffith and Gold Coast Hospitals. 

Co-authors: Rachel Skinner, PhD, Jenny Smith, Jacqueline Ash, Sue Fyfe, PhD
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