Unintended Pregnancy Directly Related to Childhood Family Problems

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, October 13,1999, when a child is exposed to childhood abuse or household dysfunction there is an increased risk of unintended pregnancy.

When two or more types of childhood abuse or household dysfunction were present, more than 45% of the women had unintended pregnancies. 2/3 of these women had two or more types of childhood abuse or household dysfunction. These types included frequent psychological abuse (40% increase), frequent physical abuse towards mother by her partner (40% increase), frequent physical abuse of the partner by the mother (40% increase), and frequent physical abuse (50%).

When four or more of these types of abuse were present, these women were 50% times more likely to have an unintended pregnancy during adulthood compared to adult women who were not exposed to abuse.

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