Teenage pregnancy – A Socio-demographic study at a Rural Medical College Hospital in Southern India

Authors

  • Indranil Dutta IQ City Medical College, Durgapur, West Bengal
  • Nidhi Jha AIMS, Bellur, Karnataka
  • Dilip Kumar Dutta GICE Hospital, Kalyani, West Bengal

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/ajms.v5i4.9970

Keywords:

Teenage pregnancy, Socio demographic factors, antenatal care

Abstract

Aim: This study is aimed to analyze the socio-demographic factors of teenage pregnancy compared to adult pregnancies.

Method: A Hospital based prospective study of all teenage pregnant females admitted to Rural Medical College Hospital in Karnataka. Data was collected by detailed history taking and following up the patient from admission till delivery by using a proforma devised for the study. For each teenage two simultaneous adults primigravidas were studied.

Result: Most of teenage mothers (53.5%) haven’t had primary education itself compared to 8.1% in adults. In the present study, majority of the population 47.5% in teenage and 72.5% in adults belonged to middle socioeconomic class (upper and lower) and 43.75% of teenage belong to low socioeconomic class compared to 15% of adults. In my study 98% of the population belonged to rural area. 61.25% of teenage mothers were booked. In present study the TT Immunization was adequate for both the groups.

Conclusion: Teenage pregnancy is still a huge problem in India mainly related to early menarche, early age at marriage, low education, unemployment, joint family structure, lack of antenatal care. The problem of teenage pregnancy cannot be removed instead focus can be diverted towards reducing chances of early pregnancy which can be difficult for a teenage girl.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3126/ajms.v5i4.9970

Asian Journal of Medical Sciences 2014 Vol.5(4); 29-33

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Published

2014-05-15

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Dutta, I., Jha, N., & Dutta, D. K. (2014). Teenage pregnancy – A Socio-demographic study at a Rural Medical College Hospital in Southern India. Asian Journal of Medical Sciences, 5(4), 29–33. https://doi.org/10.3126/ajms.v5i4.9970

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