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title = "Teenagers and emergency contraception in the UK: A focus group study of salient beliefs using concepts from the Theory of Planned Behaviour",
abstract = "Objectives: To explore teenagers' beliefs about emergency contraception EC within a Theory of Planned Behaviour TPB framework. Methods: Six single sex focus groups comprising a total of 25 female and 23 male pupils aged 1316 years conducted in schools in Central England. Results: Attitudes to emergency contraception EC were mainly positive about the rewards of avoiding teenage pregnancy. Participants had positive beliefs about the effectiveness of EC, although knowledge of crucial time limits varied. EC use was more socially acceptable than teenage pregnancy, yet both outcomes were perceived negatively. Motivation to comply with social pressure was influenced by the appraisal of individuals' intentions. Participants reported high self efficacy in accessing EC, but had concerns over confidentiality and access. Conclusions: Desire to avoid pregnancy was high in this group, but practical factors and attitudes may be more important for those ambivalent about pregnancy. Adolescents perceive accessing EC as difficult, are concerned about confidentiality, and anticipate negative reactions from staff. Data support the TPB as a suitable framework for understanding attitudes to EC use. Further research should apply quantitative TPB measures to EC use in a wider teenage sample in order to identify potential psychological factors to target in an intervention.",
keywords = "Attitudes, Contraception, Emergency contraception, Focus groups, Teenagers, Theory of Planned Behaviour",
author = "Julie Bayley and Katherine Brown and Louise Wallace",
year = "2009",
month = "7",
day = "6",
doi = "10.1080/13625180902741444",
language = "English",
volume = "14",
pages = "196--206",
journal = "European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Healthcare",
issn = "1362-5187",
publisher = "Informa Healthcare",
number = "3",

}

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TY - JOUR

T1 - Teenagers and emergency contraception in the UK

T2 - A focus group study of salient beliefs using concepts from the Theory of Planned Behaviour

AU - Bayley, Julie

AU - Brown, Katherine

AU - Wallace, Louise

PY - 2009/7/6

Y1 - 2009/7/6

N2 - Objectives: To explore teenagers' beliefs about emergency contraception EC within a Theory of Planned Behaviour TPB framework. Methods: Six single sex focus groups comprising a total of 25 female and 23 male pupils aged 1316 years conducted in schools in Central England. Results: Attitudes to emergency contraception EC were mainly positive about the rewards of avoiding teenage pregnancy. Participants had positive beliefs about the effectiveness of EC, although knowledge of crucial time limits varied. EC use was more socially acceptable than teenage pregnancy, yet both outcomes were perceived negatively. Motivation to comply with social pressure was influenced by the appraisal of individuals' intentions. Participants reported high self efficacy in accessing EC, but had concerns over confidentiality and access. Conclusions: Desire to avoid pregnancy was high in this group, but practical factors and attitudes may be more important for those ambivalent about pregnancy. Adolescents perceive accessing EC as difficult, are concerned about confidentiality, and anticipate negative reactions from staff. Data support the TPB as a suitable framework for understanding attitudes to EC use. Further research should apply quantitative TPB measures to EC use in a wider teenage sample in order to identify potential psychological factors to target in an intervention.

AB - Objectives: To explore teenagers' beliefs about emergency contraception EC within a Theory of Planned Behaviour TPB framework. Methods: Six single sex focus groups comprising a total of 25 female and 23 male pupils aged 1316 years conducted in schools in Central England. Results: Attitudes to emergency contraception EC were mainly positive about the rewards of avoiding teenage pregnancy. Participants had positive beliefs about the effectiveness of EC, although knowledge of crucial time limits varied. EC use was more socially acceptable than teenage pregnancy, yet both outcomes were perceived negatively. Motivation to comply with social pressure was influenced by the appraisal of individuals' intentions. Participants reported high self efficacy in accessing EC, but had concerns over confidentiality and access. Conclusions: Desire to avoid pregnancy was high in this group, but practical factors and attitudes may be more important for those ambivalent about pregnancy. Adolescents perceive accessing EC as difficult, are concerned about confidentiality, and anticipate negative reactions from staff. Data support the TPB as a suitable framework for understanding attitudes to EC use. Further research should apply quantitative TPB measures to EC use in a wider teenage sample in order to identify potential psychological factors to target in an intervention.

KW - Attitudes

KW - Contraception

KW - Emergency contraception

KW - Focus groups

KW - Teenagers

KW - Theory of Planned Behaviour

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=70349771024&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1080/13625180902741444

DO - 10.1080/13625180902741444

M3 - Article

C2 - 19565417

AN - SCOPUS:70349771024

VL - 14

SP - 196

EP - 206

JO - European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Healthcare

JF - European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Healthcare

SN - 1362-5187

IS - 3

ER -