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Accuracy of Reporting of Sexual Activity during Late Pregnancy

Citation

Sayle, Amy E.; Savitz, David A.; & Williams, Jude F. (2003). Accuracy of Reporting of Sexual Activity during Late Pregnancy. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, 17(2), 143-7.

Abstract

Women recalled their sexual activity during pregnancy in telephone interviews occurring during and after the third trimester, as part of a study of preterm delivery in central North Carolina in 1996-97. This retrospective information was compared with prospective daily records for the same time periods in a subsample of 88 women. Relative to the daily records, women reported fewer episodes of intercourse and longer intervals since the most recent orgasm when they recalled this information in interviews. Recall of sexual activity over short, recent time periods during pregnancy appears to be a source of some misclassification. Reliance on retrospective reports may suffice for general measures of objective events, such as any vs. no intercourse over a short time period.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-3016.2003.00476.x

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology

Author(s)

Sayle, Amy E.
Savitz, David A.
Williams, Jude F.

Year Published

2003

Volume Number

17

Issue Number

2

Pages

143-7

Reference ID

2031