Author(s): Amoran OE
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Abstract INTRODUCTION: Teenagers younger than 15 are five times more likely to die during pregnancy or childbirth than women in their twenties and mortality rates for their infants are higher as well. This study was therefore designed to determine the recent prevalence and identify factors associated with teenage pregnancy in a rural town in Nigeria. METHODS: This study is an analytical comparative cross-sectional study. A total sample of all pregnant women attending the primary health care in Sagamu local government area, Ogun State within a 2 months period were recruited into the study. RESULTS: A total of 225 pregnant women were recruited into the study. The prevalence of teenage pregnancy was 22.9\%. Teenagers [48.2\%] reported more unwanted pregnancy when compared with the older age group [13.6\%] [OR = 5.91, C.I = 2.83-12.43]. About half 33 [41.1\%] of the teenage pregnant women and 28.6\% of the older pregnant women did not know how to correctly use condom to prevent pregnancy [OR = 0.57, C.I = 0.29-1.13]. Predictors of teenage pregnancy were low social class (OR = 2.25, C.I = 1.31-3.85], Religion (OR = 0.44, C.I = 0.21-0.91], being a student (OR = 3.27, C.I = 1.02-10.46) and having a white collar job (OR = 0.09, C.I = 0.01-0.81). CONCLUSION: The study concludes that employment in an established organization (white collar job) is highly protective against teenage pregnancy while students are becoming increasingly prone to early pregnancy. Government should structure employment in low income countries in such a way as to give a quota to adolescents who are unable to continue their education.
This article was published in Int J Equity Health
and referenced in Journal of Nursing & Care