Date of Award

Spring 4-28-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Sarit Golub

Second Advisor

Dr. Danielle Berke

Academic Program Adviser

Dr. Sandeep Prasada


This study explored relationships between parenthood orientation, pregnancy intention, and unprotected intercourse. Nulligravid, sexually active women aged 18-29 (N = 252) were surveyed on these topics in May 2019. There were significant differences in parenthood orientation by past and current pregnancy intention. Higher scores on parenthood orientation were associated with increased odds of past unprotected intercourse and expecting future unprotected intercourse. Only education and contraceptive self-efficacy retained significance in adjusted models. Study results are consistent with prior work on parenthood orientation and pregnancy intention and point to other factors as stronger correlates of contraceptive use.



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