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Article: Abortion in single girls in Hong Kong

TitleAbortion in single girls in Hong Kong
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Issue Date1982
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Journal Of Adolescent Health Care, 1982, v. 2 n. 3, p. 213-216 How to Cite?
Abstract100 consecutive referrals of single pregnant women under 25 years old made over 2 years by the Hong Kong Family Planning Association Youth Advisory Service to the University Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for therapeutic abortion were studied to assess psychological factors and sexual behavior of the women. Subjects were interviewed before and 6 weeks after the procedure. 77% were under 22 years of age, 77% worked while the remainder were students, 77% had reached the secondary educational level, and most were of middle-lower socioeconomic class. 81% of a subgroup of 42 girls interviewed in detail on sexual topics were from families with 4 or more children, larger than the average Hong Kong family of 2.6. A majority of the girls appeared to come from happy homes, but less than 1/2 said they would seek help from their families in times of trouble. All the girls were made pregnant by their boyfriends, with 60% reporting romantic love and 16% the prospect of marriage as the reason. 12% were unable to give a reason, and the remainder reported erotic impulse, boyfriend's expectations, or attention seeking as the reason. Almost 50% of the subgroup had had only 1 boyfriend and mean frequency of intercourse was once/month. 25% of the girls had used some form of contraception, with 40% each using safety period and condom, 16% coitus interruptus, and 4% vaginal pessary. Usage was significantly correlated with educational level. Ignorance of methods of source of supply was the stated reason for not using contraception in over 1/2 of the cases. 31 girls used oral contraceptives, IUD, or condom after the abortion. The most common reasons given for seeking abortion were to continue studying (27%), financial difficulty (23%), and family pressure (17%). 76% expressed relief after the abortion, 16 had some temporary unhappiness, and 1 reported regret.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/173064
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dc.contributor.authorTang, GWKen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-10-30T06:27:47Z-
dc.date.available2012-10-30T06:27:47Z-
dc.date.issued1982en_US
dc.identifier.citationJournal Of Adolescent Health Care, 1982, v. 2 n. 3, p. 213-216en_US
dc.identifier.issn0197-0070en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/173064-
dc.description.abstract100 consecutive referrals of single pregnant women under 25 years old made over 2 years by the Hong Kong Family Planning Association Youth Advisory Service to the University Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for therapeutic abortion were studied to assess psychological factors and sexual behavior of the women. Subjects were interviewed before and 6 weeks after the procedure. 77% were under 22 years of age, 77% worked while the remainder were students, 77% had reached the secondary educational level, and most were of middle-lower socioeconomic class. 81% of a subgroup of 42 girls interviewed in detail on sexual topics were from families with 4 or more children, larger than the average Hong Kong family of 2.6. A majority of the girls appeared to come from happy homes, but less than 1/2 said they would seek help from their families in times of trouble. All the girls were made pregnant by their boyfriends, with 60% reporting romantic love and 16% the prospect of marriage as the reason. 12% were unable to give a reason, and the remainder reported erotic impulse, boyfriend's expectations, or attention seeking as the reason. Almost 50% of the subgroup had had only 1 boyfriend and mean frequency of intercourse was once/month. 25% of the girls had used some form of contraception, with 40% each using safety period and condom, 16% coitus interruptus, and 4% vaginal pessary. Usage was significantly correlated with educational level. Ignorance of methods of source of supply was the stated reason for not using contraception in over 1/2 of the cases. 31 girls used oral contraceptives, IUD, or condom after the abortion. The most common reasons given for seeking abortion were to continue studying (27%), financial difficulty (23%), and family pressure (17%). 76% expressed relief after the abortion, 16 had some temporary unhappiness, and 1 reported regret.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Adolescent Health Careen_US
dc.subject.meshAbortion Applicants - Psychologyen_US
dc.subject.meshAbortion, Induceden_US
dc.subject.meshAdolescenten_US
dc.subject.meshAdulten_US
dc.subject.meshEducational Statusen_US
dc.subject.meshFamilyen_US
dc.subject.meshFemaleen_US
dc.subject.meshHealth Knowledge, Attitudes, Practiceen_US
dc.subject.meshHong Kongen_US
dc.subject.meshHumansen_US
dc.subject.meshPregnancyen_US
dc.subject.meshSingle Person - Psychologyen_US
dc.titleAbortion in single girls in Hong Kongen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailTang, GWK:gwktang@hkucc.hku.hken_US
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dc.identifier.doi10.1016/S0197-0070(82)80043-0-
dc.identifier.pmid7096165en_US
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dc.identifier.volume2en_US
dc.identifier.issue3en_US
dc.identifier.spage213en_US
dc.identifier.epage216en_US
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dc.identifier.scopusauthoridTang, GWK=7401633864en_US

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