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Contraceptive Use and Repeat Pregnancies Among Welfare-Dependent Teenage Mothers

Rebecca Maynard and Anu Rangarajan
Family Planning Perspectives
Vol. 26, No. 5 (Sep. - Oct., 1994), pp. 198-205
Published by: Guttmacher Institute
DOI: 10.2307/2135939
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2135939
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Contraceptive Use and Repeat Pregnancies Among Welfare-Dependent Teenage Mothers
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Abstract

A study of policy options for encouraging contraceptive use and delaying repeat pregnancies draws on a sample of 3,400 first-time teenage mothers receiving welfare in Chicago, Ill., and Newark and Camden, N.J. Half the young mothers were selected for a special program of enhanced services. Although the majority of the young mothers were using a contraceptive method two years after enrollment in the study, half had become pregnant again within two years after the birth of their first child. An analysis examining the effects of providing the enhanced services, including family planning information and counseling, shows that they did little or nothing to delay subsequent pregnancies.

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