Adolescent pregnancy occurs among vulnerable youths, with lifelong social and health consequences for parents and children. The impact of low self-esteem and depression in adolescent pregnancy is on debate, but they have been associated with early coitarche, vulnerability and inability to negotiate condom use. Furthermore, adverse childhood events such as violence or abuse correlate with mental health disorders and adolescent pregnancy. These relationships have been scarcely studied in pregnant teenagers of Latin America. Our study evaluates the association between a history of abusive behavior (verbal, physical or sexual) and positive screening for low self-esteem and depression in pregnant adolescents, aiming to implement further public health interventions to prevent teenage pregnancy.
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