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Adolescent men's attitudes and decision-making in relation to an unplanned pregnancy. Responses to an interactive video drama


  • Lohan, Maria
  • Cruise, Sharon
  • O'Halloran, Peter
  • Alderdice, Fiona
  • Hyde, Abbey


This study confronts a gender bias in research on adolescent pregnancy by exploring adolescent men's decisions relating to a hypothetical unplanned pregnancy. A cross-sectional survey was conducted with adolescent men (NÂ =Â 360) aged between 14 and 18 years attending schools in the Republic of Ireland. The study, the first of its kind in Europe, extends the small body of evidence on adolescent men and pregnancy decision-making by developing and examining reactions to an interactive video drama used in a comparable study in Australia. In addition, we tested a more comprehensive range of sociological and psychological determinants of adolescent men's decisions regarding an unplanned pregnancy. Results showed that adolescent men were more likely to choose to keep the baby in preference to abortion or adoption. Adolescent men's choice to continue the pregnancy (keep or adopt) in preference to abortion was significantly associated with anticipated feelings of regret in relation to abortion, perceived positive attitudes of own mother to keeping the baby and a feeling that a part of them might want a baby. Religiosity was also shown to underlie adolescent men's views on the perceived consequences of an abortion in their lives.

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  • Lohan, Maria & Cruise, Sharon & O'Halloran, Peter & Alderdice, Fiona & Hyde, Abbey, 2011. "Adolescent men's attitudes and decision-making in relation to an unplanned pregnancy. Responses to an interactive video drama," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 72(9), pages 1507-1514, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:socmed:v:72:y:2011:i:9:p:1507-1514

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    1. Aventin, Áine & Lohan, Maria & O’Halloran, Peter & Henderson, Marion, 2015. "Design and development of a film-based intervention about teenage men and unintended pregnancy: Applying the Medical Research Council framework in practice," Evaluation and Program Planning, Elsevier, vol. 49(C), pages 19-30.


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