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ISRN Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume 2011, Article ID 975234, 7 pages
Research Article

A New Look at Teenage Pregnancy in Brazil

Institute of Social Medicine, State University of Rio de Janeiro (IMS/UERJ), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Received 30 April 2011; Accepted 1 June 2011

Academic Editor: C. M. Peterson

Copyright © 2011 Maria Luiza Heilborn and Cristiane S. Cabral. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper brings a synthesis of some of the main results provided by GRAVAD survey (Teenage pregnancy: multicentric study about youth, sexuality and reproduction in Brazil). GRAVAD is a study about sexual and reproductive behavior among Brazilian youth that interviewed 4,634 individuals in a population survey with a random sample. Women and men between 18 and 24 years old were interviewed in three capitals—Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador. “Teen pregnancy” is not the consequence of promiscuous sexual activities, as popular beliefs currently state. It is often ignored that amidst the poorer social segments parenthood is seen as a sign of social status, given the lack of professional perspectives. Among the middle class, other sociocultural horizons give parenthood the status of an experience to be lived in later moments of live, when one's professional and financial lives have been consolidated.