Transdermal contraception as a model for adolescent use of new methods

Gina S. Sucato, Suraj K. Bhatt, Pamela J. Murray, Mary A. Ott

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Purpose: To examine the factors related to adolescents' decisions to use the transdermal contraceptive patch (patch) so as to develop a model for understanding how adolescents decide to use new contraceptive methods. Methods: We conducted in-depth semi-structured interviews with 18 young women aged 1521 years who had experience using the patch. Data were analyzed using a two-stage method informed by grounded theory. Results: We constructed a two-level model, encompassing individual, social, and environmental factors, to explain adolescents' decisions to use a new method of hormonal contraception. Social and environmental influences on the decision-making process included media, social network experiences and opinions, healthcare providers, and partner relationships. These in turn affected the following individual factors in the decision to use the patch: individual characteristics, method knowledge and beliefs, method support, and past contraceptive experience. The newness of the patch permeated all levels of the decision-making process. Conclusions: This model provides a framework for understanding the use of new contraceptive methods and can inform clinical strategies for contraceptive counseling with adolescents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)357-362
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Adolescent Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2011


  • Adolescents
  • Contraception
  • Decision-making
  • Media

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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