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Pregnant young women’s attitudes about microbicides: the anticipated influence of the grandmother and father of the baby on microbicide use

Jenny K. R. Francis A B F , Lauren Dapena Fraiz A , Marina Catallozzi A B C , Ariel M. deRoche A , Christine Mauro D and Susan L. Rosenthal A B E
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A Department of Paediatrics, Columbia University Medical Centre, College of Physicians and Surgeons, 622 West 168th Street, PH 17, New York, NY, 10032, USA.

B New York Presbyterian Hospital, 3959 Broadway, New York, NY, 10032, USA.

C Heilbrunn Department of Population & Family Health, Columbia University Medical Centre, Mailman School of Public Health, 722 West 168th Street, New York, NY, 10032, USA.

D Department of Biostatistics, Columbia University Medical Centre, Mailman School of Public Health, 722 West 168th Street, New York, NY, 10032, USA.

E Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Centre, College of Physicians and Surgeons, 630 West 168th Street, New York, NY, 10032, USA.

F Corresponding author. Email: jf2815@cumc.columbia.edu

Sexual Health - https://doi.org/10.1071/SH16179
Submitted: 1 October 2016  Accepted: 19 March 2017   Published online: 18 May 2017

Abstract

Grandmothers and fathers of the baby may influence pregnant women’s microbicide use. Pregnant young women’s attitudes about grandmothers’ and fathers’ role in decision-making and their involvement in microbicide use were assessed. Participants (n = 108) had a mean age of 20.2 years. The majority anticipated that the grandmother, father or both would have a decision-making role. Greater grandmother involvement in microbicide use was significantly associated with being younger, having no reproductive tract infection or contraceptive-ring-use history. Greater father involvement in use was associated with being in a relationship with him. Strategies for engaging grandmothers and fathers in microbicide use should be developed.

Additional keywords: adolescents, mothers, social context, young adults.


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