Title

Post Trauma Moderators in the Childhood Sexual Abuse–Teenage Pregnancy/Teenage Childbirth Relationships

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-2014

Originally Published In

International Journal of Childbirth Education

Volume Number

29

Issue Number

1

Page Numbers

10-20

Abstract

The relationships between Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA) and both teenage pregnancy and childbearing were examined using data from 71 sexually abused and 80 comparison females post abuse. Logistic regression was used to test the relationships between CSA and both teenage pregnancy and childbearing and whether participants' non-abusing caregiver (i.e., mothers) perceptions of family environment moderated either reproductive outcome. Abused females reported significantly more teenage pregnancies and teenage childbearing. Maternal perceptions of decreased organization in abuse family environments predicted teenage pregnancy, and maternal perceptions of decreased control in abuse family environments predicted teenage childbearing.