Teenage Daughters More Likely To Have Abortion If Their Mother Had One

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
“Don't forget the teens” by Jon Seidman is licensed under CC BY 2.0Ning Liu PhD Student

Senior Research Analyst at ICES
Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation
Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences
University of Toronto

MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?

Response: Previous studies suggested intergenerational tendencies between a mother and her daughter in fertility patterns, such as when they give birth to a child for the first time, or the total number of children they have during their lifetime.

We explored whether there is also an intergenerational tendency for induced abortion practices between a mother and her teen daughter.

To do so, we used anonymized records of 431,623 daughters and their mothers, and found that a teenage daughter was twice as likely to have an induced abortion if her mother had had an induced abortion. 

 MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?

 Response: Teenage daughters are more likely to have an abortion if their mother has had one. This intergenerational tendency for induced abortion persist across different demographic groups, such as income or ethnicity. Thus, pregnancy planning and use of abortion services may be something that continues across generations of women. This point should be considered in how we maximally advocate for the reproductive health of teenage women.

MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this work?

Response: Future research should consider more in-depth exploration of the factors that contribute not only to teen pregnancy, but also to the decision to have an abortion or to maintain a pregnancy. 

MedicalResearch.com: Is there anything else you would like to add?

Response: Findings from this study can be used to facilitate interventions aimed at maximizing the well-being of young women, including access to quality reproductive health information within the family, peer and in-school environment. Reproductive health information should include specifics about the consensual rights of a young woman to plan a pregnancy, and to access contraception.


Intergenerational abortion tendency between mothers and teenage daughters: a population-based cohort study
Ning LiuM. Michèle FarrugiaSimone N. VigodMarcelo L. Urquia and Joel G. Rayhttp://www.cmaj.ca/content/190/4/E95

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