Perceived ideal circumstances for childbearing across groups of different social position
Objectives: To assess and compare perceptions of childbearing among those who became pregnant before or during their desired ideal' situation.
Methods: The Social Position and Family Formation (SPAFF) study comprised cross-sectional, qualitative interviews from a communitybased sample of 200 men and women (18-35 years), with and without children, of various racial/ethnic, financial and educational backgrounds. We categorized individuals by those who became pregnant either before or during their perceived ideal' childbearing circumstances and analyzed transcripts from both groups to identify themes pertaining to childbearing.
Results: Preliminary analyses suggest that both groups maintain similar ideals prior to childbearing, specifically completing their education and achieving financial stability. Those who became pregnant before their ideal circumstances chose to either have an abortion or keep the child, each perceived as a responsible decision. Those who became pregnant during their ideal circumstances characterized this as the right way to get pregnant, specifically being older and married. Their reasons for having a child included the desire to be a parent as well as social pressure.
Conclusions: Those who became pregnant before or during their ideal circumstances had similar goals prior to childbearing regarding education and finances. These early findings help explain childbearing ideals across groups of different social position and have implications for improved conceptualization of pregnancy intentions.
Learning Areas:Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences
Assess and compare how individuals discuss the circumstances of getting pregnant before or during their own self-imposed idealized situation.
Keyword(s): Family Planning
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to be an abstract author because: I hold a PhD in Public Health and am an active member of a qualitative working group, exploring how individuals of varying economic positions and race/ethnicity think about family formation. Furthermore, I have several years of experience conducting both qualitative and quantitative research on sexual health and family planning.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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