Factors associated with unmet need for modern contraception in post-conflict Liberia.

Allison P. Pack*, Donna R. McCarraher, Mario Chen, Chinelo C. Okigbo, Lisa Marie Albert, Sam Wambugu

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Abstract

We examined the association between intimate partner violence and unmet need for modern contraception in post-conflict Liberia. This is a secondary analysis of data collected using the Priorities for Local AIDS Control Efforts (PLACE) method. Data from 499 sexually experienced young women (aged 14-25) in Montserrado County, Liberia were examined. Intimate partner violence (55.7%), unintended pregnancy (83.2%), and abortion (45.3%) were pervasive in the study population. An estimated 35.9% of respondents had an unmet need for modern contraception. However, multivariate logistic regression results did not reveal an association between intimate partner violence and unmet need (OR 1.11; 95% CI 0.70-1.75). Among covariates examined, only contraceptive use at sexual debut (26.1%) was significantly associated with unmet need (OR 0.27; 95% CI 0.14-0.52). Liberian youth need information about and access to modern contraceptive methods besides condoms. Interventions to identify and treat victims of violence are also needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)58-67
Number of pages10
JournalAfrican journal of reproductive health
Volume18
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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