Risk factors for adolescent pregnancy reports among African American males

Journal Article (Review;Journal)

This study examined childhood and adolescent risk factors for males' reports of getting someone pregnant during adolescence. These questions were examined in an urban sample of 335 African American males involved in a prospective, longitudinal study. Childhood aggression significantly predicted reported pregnancies during adolescence. Boys who were stably aggressive across 3rd through 5th grades were at particularly high risk for reporting getting a female pregnant. Adolescent substance use and deviant peer involvement incrementally added to the prediction of pregnancy reports over and above the effects of childhood aggression. Adolescent aggressive problems did not contribute to reports of pregnancy once childhood aggression was accounted for in the model. These results highlight that precursors for males' pregnancy reports can be identified by as early as age 8. Findings also emphasize the importance of an expanded developmental focus to understand risk factors for adolescent pregnancy. The implications of these results are discussed for preventive interventions to reduce adolescent pregnancy.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Miller-Johnson, S; Winn, DMC; Coie, JD; Malone, PS; Lochman, J

Published Date

  • January 1, 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 14 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 471 - 495

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1050-8392

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1532-7795.2004.00083.x

Citation Source

  • Scopus