Teenage pregnancy

Predicting the adolescent at risk

Ted L. Rosenthal, David Muram, Elizabeth Tolley, Molly M. Peeler, Bridget Pitts

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Abstract

Sums of questionnaire items that were scored as indicative of sexual experience or of arousal, and also the four scales of the Eysenck Personality Questionnaire (EPQ), were studied in 33 adolescents who admitted to pregnancy (Pregyes) and 251 girls who denied having been pregnant (Unpreg). The EPQ P (Impulsivity) and N (Anxiety) scales each successfully predicted the sexual experience criterion (ps < 0.01), replicating our earlier results. Likewise, girls high on the EPQ L scale once again denied sexual excitement compared to peers. As hypothesized, sexual activity was a positive predictor, with scale anxiety (N score) a negative predictor, of pregnancy history (ps < 0.001). No other variables made independent contributions to Pregyes versus Unpreg status. Age related positively to both sexual experience and arousal, but the EPQ E (Extraversion or sociability) scale related only to reported arousal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)277-285
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Sex Education and Therapy
Volume18
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992

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Pregnancy in Adolescence
Personality
Arousal
Anxiety
Reproductive History
Impulsive Behavior
Sexual Behavior
Surveys and Questionnaires
Pregnancy

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Teenage pregnancy : Predicting the adolescent at risk. / Rosenthal, Ted L.; Muram, David; Tolley, Elizabeth; Peeler, Molly M.; Pitts, Bridget.

In: Journal of Sex Education and Therapy, Vol. 18, No. 4, 01.01.1992, p. 277-285.

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Rosenthal, Ted L. ; Muram, David ; Tolley, Elizabeth ; Peeler, Molly M. ; Pitts, Bridget. / Teenage pregnancy : Predicting the adolescent at risk. In: Journal of Sex Education and Therapy. 1992 ; Vol. 18, No. 4. pp. 277-285.
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