Reproductive coercion and prenatal distress among young pregnant women in Monrovia, Liberia

Tiara C. Willie, Tamora A. Callands

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Abstract

Women who experience reproductive coercion are at risk for poor reproductive health, but no study has examined prenatal distress as a consequence. Using cross-sectional data of 195 pregnant women aged 18–30 in Monrovia, Liberia, we examined the association between reproductive coercion and prenatal distress. The prevalence of current reproductive coercion was 9%. Young pregnant women who experienced reproductive coercion had more prenatal distress than women without these experiences. Reproductive coercion can heighten pregnancy-specific concerns for young Liberian women. Family-planning programs and providers should assess current reproductive coercion among young pregnant women and find ways to help women mitigate pregnancy concerns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)968-974
Number of pages7
JournalHealth care for women international
Volume39
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2 2018
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions(all)

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