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Birth Control and Contraception

  • By: Amanda Young
  • In: Encyclopedia of Health Communication
  • Edited by: Teresa L. Thompson
  • Subject:Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology, Health Communication

Contraception offers a rich area of study for health communication scholars and their colleagues in other health-related fields such as nursing, public health, health education and promotion, sociology, and medicine. Two areas that are particularly salient in studying communication and contraception are adolescent reproductive health and emergency contraception. Researchers have amassed a significant literature addressing these two areas, most of which stresses communication as a major factor in lowering the number of teenage pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

Practitioners and researchers in adolescent medicine, pediatrics, nursing, public health, social work, and health promotion all cite inadequate communication as a significant barrier to the appropriate use of conventional and emergency contraception, particularly among adolescents. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) maintains that family communication is vital ...

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