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London Measure of Unplanned Pregnancy-India

The London Measure of Unplanned Pregnancy-India is a 6-item measure of the circumstances and feelings around the time the respondent became pregnant most recently. This measure is an adaptation of the London Measure of Unplanned Pregnancy for use among a population of married women in south India. Differences between this measure and the original measure validated in the United Kingdom include wording and actions more relevant to the population and is administered by an interviewer rather than self-administered.

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Geographies Tested: India

Populations Included: Female

Age Range: Adolescents, Adults

Items:

Now I am going to ask you a few questions about your circumstances and feelings around the time you became pregnant. Please think of your current pregnancy (if currently pregnant)your most recent pregnancy (if NOT currently pregnant) when answering these questions. For every question, there are possible responses to it. Please wait and listen to all the responses and then choose the one option that is applicable to you and tell me.

*1. In the month you became pregnant, you and your husband...

Response Options:
Were not using a method of pregnancy prevention - 2
Were using a method of pregnancy prevention, but not on every occasion - 1
Always used a method of pregnancy prevention, but this method did not work on some occasions (i.e. broke, moved, came off) - 1
Always used a method of pregnancy prevention - 0
Don't know

*2. Now I am going to ask you a question and there are 4 possible responses to it. Please choose the one option that is applicable to you and tell me.
Do you feel that this pregnancy happened at the time you...

Response Options:
Wanted pregnancy then - 2
Wanted pregnancy sooner - 2
Wanted pregnancy later - 1
Did not want to get pregnant at all - 0
Don't know

*3. Now I am going to ask you a question and there are 3 possible responses to it. Please choose the one option that is applicable to you and tell me.
Think about the time just before you became pregnant. Would you say...

Response Options:
You intended to get pregnant - 2
You did not intend to get pregnant - 0
Your intentions to get pregnant kept changing - 1
Don't know

*4. Now I am going to ask you a question and there are 3 possible responses to it. Please choose the one option that is applicable to you and tell me.
Again think about the time just before you became pregnant and say...

Response Options:
You wanted to have a baby - 2
You had mixed feelings about having a baby - 1
You did not want to have a baby - 0
Don't know

*5. Now I am going to ask you a question and there are 3 possible responses to it. Please choose the one option that is applicable to you and tell me.
Now think about you and your husband before; you became pregnant. Would you say...

Response Options:
You and your husband had agreed that you would like for you to be pregnant - 2
You and your husband had discussed having children together, but hadn't agreed for you to get pregnant - 1
You and your husband had never discussed having children together - 0

**6. Before; you became pregnant, you did the following things in preparation for pregnancy:
-Took vitamins
-Stopped or cut down on smoking, drinking, or eating paan leaves
-Changed your diet, such as ate more healthfully or avoided hot foods
-Sought medical or health advice or information about pregnancy
-Saved money for medical expenses
-Took some other action:

Response Options:
0 checks - 0
1 check - 1
2 or more checks - 2

*Mark only one response
**Check all that apply

Scoring Procedures

Total scores range from 0 to 12. Increasing score represent increasing pregnancy planning/intention. Scores cut-offs are suggested as follows:

10-12=Planned
4-9=Ambivalent
0-3=Unplanned

Original Citation

Rocca, C. H., Krishnan, S., Barrett, G., & Wilson, M. (2010). Measuring pregnancy planning: An assessment of the London Measure of Unplanned Pregnancy among urban, south Indian women. Demographic Research, 23, 293-334. https://doi.org/10.4054/DemRes.2010.23.11

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