Title: Ecological Contexts in Adolescent Pregnancy: The Role of Individual, Sociodemographic, Familial and Relational Variables in Understanding Risk of Occurrence and Adjustment Patterns
Authors: Pedrosa, Anabela Araújo 
Pires, Raquel 
Carvalho, Paula 
Canavarro, Maria Cristina 
Dattilio, Frank 
Keywords: Adolescent pregnancy;Ecological systems;Risk factors;Adjustment;Family context
Issue Date: 8-Apr-2011
Publisher: Springerlink
Abstract: Adolescent pregnancy appears today as an intricate tapestry where different dimensions interact. In our study we examined the associations between individual, sociodemographic, familial, and relational variables and their impact in the occurrence of pregnancy and adolescents’ adjustment to it. Participants were Portuguese pregnant and non-pregnant adolescents (N = 833). Ecological contexts were characterized, and individual and relational adjustment (depressive symptoms and quality of life; perceived quality of relationship with significant others – parents, romantic partner and friends) were evaluated. Differences between the ecologies of adolescents in both groups were identified. Familial and relational variables were significantly associated with both the risk of pregnancy and more difficulties in adjustment. Implications for preventive intervention are discussed.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10316/18864
DOI: 10.1007/s10591-011-9148-4
Rights: openAccess
Appears in Collections:FPCEUC - Artigos em Revistas Internacionais

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