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Philippine EJournals| Teenage Pregnancy: A Phenomenological Case Study

HomeUIC Research Journalvol. 21 no. 2 (2015)

Teenage Pregnancy: A Phenomenological Case Study

Emma V. Sagarino | Gelsa S. Gelacio

 

Abstract:

Philippines is among the top 10 countries with increasing number of teenage pregnancy. To date, there are 3.6 million young mothers in the country; most of them are below 19 years old. Teenage pregnancy has been listed as one of the social determinants of health under human and social development of Davao City. Due to this alarming fact, this study that aimed to describe and understand the lived experiences of teenagers that went through pregnancy outside marriage was conducted. This phenomenological study covered three conversation partners (CP) who were purposively chosen from two higher education institutions in Davao City. Thematic-emergent approach was used in analyzing information. Effects of teenage pregnancy included broken relationship with family members, physical abuse, planned abortion, delay and added sacrifice to proceed with schooling, mother and child relationship is not being nourished, and loss of freedom to hang-out with friends. It could be noted, however, although premarital sex runs contrary to the teachings of the church, two CPs claimed to have encountered God in a deeper manner during the pregnancy. More so, CPs have realized that motherhood at teenage is not easy. Their priorities in life had also evolved; the welfare of their kid has become their primary consideration in the pursuits of their dreams.