Factors associated with crisis pregnancies in Ireland: findings from three nationally representative sexual health surveys.

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Reproductive health, ISSN: 1742-4755, Vol: 12, Issue: 1, Page: 14

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Bourke, Ashling; Kelleher, Caroline; Boduszek, Daniel; Morgan, Karen
Springer Nature; Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Medicine; Crisis pregnancy; Unintended pregnancy; Sexual health; Sex education; Abortion; Ireland; Psychology
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Findings on the demographic and sexual health characteristics associated with the experience of a crisis pregnancy are important to inform the public health policy of a country, including Ireland. Studies from other jurisdictions have suggested that certain demographic groups are at risk for unintended pregnancies and the disparity between the groups has been growing in recent years. Ireland is a country which experienced much economic and societal change in the first decade of the 21(st) century; changes which are likely to have affected demographic variables pertaining to sexual health. The current study had two aims: to investigate changes in the socioeconomic characteristics associated with crisis pregnancies over a seven year period [2003 to 2010], and to investigate the recent [2010] socioeconomic risk factors associated with crisis pregnancies in Ireland.