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Prevalence and Factors Associated with Teen Pregnancy in Vietnam: Results from Two National Surveys

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College of Social Work, University of South Carolina, 902 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC 29208, USA
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School of Social Work, University of Washington, 4101 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105, USA
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Societies 2016, 6(2), 17; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc6020017
Received: 28 January 2016 / Revised: 25 April 2016 / Accepted: 26 April 2016 / Published: 3 May 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Adolescent Pregnancy: Past, Present and Future Trends and Issues)
This study asked two broad questions: (1) what is the prevalence of teen pregnancy in contemporary Vietnam; and (2) what selected social, family, and individual factors are associated with teen pregnancy in Vietnam? The study utilized Vietnam Survey Assessment of Vietnamese Youth surveys conducted in 2003 and 2008 to answer the two research questions within the context of fast political, economic, and social change in Vietnam in the last two decades. Results of this study show that the prevalence of pregnancy among Vietnamese teenagers in the surveys was stable at 4%, or 40 pregnancies per 1000 adolescent girls aged 14 to 19. Age, experience of domestic violence, and early sexual debut were positively correlated with higher odds of teenage pregnancy for both survey cohorts; however, being an ethnic minority, educational attainment, sexual education at school, Internet use, and depressive symptoms were significantly related to teenage pregnancy only in the 2008 cohort. View Full-Text
Keywords: teen pregnancy; Vietnam teen pregnancy; Vietnam
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Nguyen, H.; Shiu, C.; Farber, N. Prevalence and Factors Associated with Teen Pregnancy in Vietnam: Results from Two National Surveys. Societies 2016, 6, 17.

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