To understand which adolescents in Havana, Cuba, seek abortions and reasons for pregnancy termination.
The sample included all adolescents (n=248) under the age of 20 years who sought pregnancy termination over a 1-month period in 1995.
The participants completed a questionnaire exploring a range of issues including age of onset of sexual intercourse, pregnancy history, and reasons for pregnancy termination.
There was no difference in age of onset of sexual intercourse between pregnant adolescents who did and did not seek an abortion.
Three fourths of all adolescents who aborted a pregnancy were students, and interruption of studies was a major reason for pregnancy termination.
Other reasons included being a single mother and poor socioeconomic conditions.
More than half of those who sought to terminate their pregnancy did so at a clinic outside of the community in which they lived.
As in other countries, in Cuba, concerns over education interruption remain the predominant reason for abortion.
Likewise, while abortion has been legal and widely available in Cuba since 1969, there remains sufficient stigma so that over half of young women seek pregnancy termination outside their community of residence.
Mots-clés Pascal : Avortement, Demande thérapeutique, Adolescent, Homme, Cuba, Antilles, Amérique Centrale, Amérique, Motivation, Gestation pathologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Abortion, Therapeutical request, Adolescent, Human, Cuba, West Indies, Central America, America, Motivation, Pregnancy disorders
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0139526
Code Inist : 002B20A03. Création : 16/11/1999.