Cultural adaptation among Hispanic women as related to awareness and acquisition of emergency contraception

Kristy K. Ward, Angelica M. Roncancio, Abbey B. Berenson

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Abstract

Background: The study was conducted to examine the relationship between cultural adaptation (acculturation), contraceptive use, personal history of induced abortion, and emergency contraceptive (EC) awareness and acquisition among a sample of young sexually active Hispanic women. Study Design: A total of 959 Hispanic women between 16 and 24 years of age (mean±SD 20.71±2.42 years) completed a survey containing questions on EC acquisition and awareness, acculturation, contraceptive used at last intercourse and history of induced abortion. Data were analyzed using logistic regression analyses. Results: Acculturation (p=.017), income (p=.024) and education (p<.001) were positively associated with awareness of EC. Additionally, acculturation (p=.003) and a history of an induced abortion (p=.026) were positively associated with acquisition of EC. Conclusions: Educational programs should make an effort to include Hispanic women with lower acculturation levels as increasing their knowledge about EC use and its mechanism of action may greatly reduce the number of unplanned pregnancies in this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)534-537
Number of pages4
JournalContraception
Volume82
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010

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Keywords

  • Acculturation
  • Cultural adaptation
  • Emergency contraception
  • Hispanic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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