The Boulder County Unintended Pregnancy Study

Download this publicationUnintended pregnancies account for the majority of all pregnancies in the United States, though the issue remains an ambiguous concept that is imperfectly measured. Generally, it refers to pregnancies that were not planned at the time of conception and includes pregnancies identified as either unwanted or mistimed at the time of conception. In support of the need for new research, the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program provided funds to Boulder County Public Health for research to explore general definitions and impressions of unintended pregnancy, factors associated with unintended pregnancy, and best practices for unintended pregnancy prevention. This report presents the data on rates of unintended pregnancy/paternity among Boulder County residents aged 13-28 (focusing on 15-24), as well as other indicators of sexual risk-taking behaviors in Boulder County. The profile served as the first step in promoting data-driven decision making. The report also identifies factors associated with unintended pregnancy/paternity in Boulder County and describes best practices in primary and secondary prevention of unintended pregnancy/paternity. Yvonne Hamby, Lori Nichols, Morgan Anderson. John Snow, Inc. 2009.

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