Adolescent men’s pregnancy resolution choices in relation to an unintended pregnancy: A comparative analysis of adolescent men in three countries.

Maria Lohan, Maria Giulia Olivari, Carolyn Corkindale, Luca Milani, Emanuela Confalonieri, Sharon Cruise, Peter O'Halloran, Fiona Alderdice, Abbey Hyde

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Abstract

This paper investigates adolescent men's pregnancy resolution choices in Australia, Ireland and Italy. It addresses two main gaps in the literature: the lack of research on (adolescent) men's views on unintended pregnancy and pregnancy resolution; and the lack of international comparative case studies on men and reproductive choices. Consistent with theories of the transformation of intimacies in society and the growth of individualization, the results suggest that adolescent men are interested in the effect of an unintended pregnancy on their individual biographies as well as the effect on their girlfriend's health and well-being. However, Australian male adolescents were much more likely to choose abortion than Italian or Irish adolescents, suggesting adolescent males have also internalized country level debates surrounding abortion. Methodologically, the paper demonstrates an innovative approach to data-collection using a computer-based interactive drama to facilitate participants' deliberation and responses. It was shown to engage a large number of adolescent men and is likely to have wider generalisability in developing international comparative research on the topic, as well as applications for health promotion.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1037-1058
JournalJournal Of Family Issues
Volume34
Issue number8
Early online date11 Apr 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Aug 2013

Keywords

  • adolescent men, unintended pregnancy, comparative research, abortion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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