Misconceptions about missed conceptions: The meanings of emergency contraceptive pills use among young adult couples

Journal Article

Emergency contraceptive pills (ECP) are a safe and efficacious backup method of birth control. Despite widespread availability, ECP is underutilized by young women. While partner level of involvement has been shown to influence contraceptive behavior, there is a dearth of knowledge regarding any possible association between partner influence and ECP use. To better understand the reasons for the seemingly underuse of ECP, a grounded theory study was conducted to elucidate the relationship of couple dynamics and knowledge of, attitudes toward, and decision making regarding the use of ECP in coupled young adults. Consistent with contemporary constructivist grounded theory methods, several categories were identified including the meanings associated with ECP use. This article presents an elaboration of this particular finding. The meanings that participants ascribed to ECP use represented a continuum of value attributes regarding ethics, safety, efficacy, and responsibility. © The Author(s) 2011.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Beaulieu, R; Kools, S; Kennedy, HP; Humphreys, J

Published Date

  • 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 17 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 463 - 484

PubMed ID

  • 22084483

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1074-8407

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1074840711424158