Contraceptive Knowledge and Contraceptive Self-Efficacy of Thai Adolescent Mothers
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Pregnancy in adolescence is a reproductive health service challenge. The purpose of this mixed methods study was to assess the relationship between contraceptive knowledge and contraceptive self-efficacy of 160 Thai adolescent postpartum mothers and to explore their perceptions, feelings, attitudes, and experiences regarding contraception. The primary method was a quantitative approach. The secondary method was a qualitative approach. Data gathered from a quantitative method were analyzed by using descriptive statistics and multiple linear regression. Qualitative data were analyzed by using a deductive content analysis technique. The findings showed that the levels of contraceptive knowledge and contraceptive self-efficacy of participants were fair. There was a positive relationship between contraceptive knowledge and contraceptive self-efficacy. Support from partners, relatives, and healthcare providers promoted contraceptive knowledge. Fear of adverse effects of contraceptive methods lowered contraceptive self-efficacy. Perceiving uncertain life situations altered the use of contraception. The findings help to guide the national maternal and child health policy and development of educational programs for reducing repeat pregnancy rates among adolescent mothers.
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