Table 3.

Relationship of Type and Frequency of Childhood Physical Abuse to the Risk of Having Impregnated a Teenage Girl

Type and Frequency
of Physical Abuse
Teenage Girl
Adjusted OR*
(95% CI)
Push, grab, shove, slap, or throw
something at you
Never(2222)17.11.0 (Referent)
Once or twice(840)18.81.2 (.9–1.4)
Sometimes(917)21.71.3 (1.1–1.6)
Often or very often(148)39.71.7 (1.2–2.5)
Hit you so hard that you had marks
or were injured
Never(3674)17.41.0 (Referent)
Once or twice(438)22.81.4 (1.1–1.8)
Sometimes(329)26.81.6 (1.2–2.0)
Often or very often(57)33.31.7 (1.0–3.1)
  • * ORs adjusted for age at the time of the survey, race, and educational attainment.

  • The graded relationship between frequency of abuse and involvement in a teen pregnancy is statistically significant (P < .001).