Factors relating to premarital pregnancy amongst Muslim adolescents in Malaysia

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Abstract

Pre-marital pregnancy amongst adolescents is a social issue that occurs without regard to culture, religion or social background. Despite Islam being a religion that prohibits pre-marital sex and one that does not legitimise pregnancies as a result of such intercourse, the reality is that many Muslim youths engage in sexual activities before being legally wed. Malaysia is a country that is no exception in facing this issue. In relation to this, a detailed study to determine the factors relating to premarital pregnancies is necessaiy to help form an intervention programme that may be specifically targeted at the community, namely young Muslim adolescents. This study will discuss the factors concerning Muslim youths and premarital pregnancy in a conservative Islamic state such as Malaysia. A questionnaire was designed and distributed to young female Muslim adolescents who had been pregnant out of wedlock (N = 50) in two Muslim women's shelters in Malaysia: Pusat Bimbingan Raudhatus Sakinah and Pertubuhan Kebajikan Darul Islah Selangor (Perkid). The results of the study found that among the contributing factors that cause young Muslim females to engage in unsafe premarital sex resulting in pregnancy are the parents, peer-influence, mass media and personal issues. Notably however, the study found that the primaiy factor was the lack of religiosity and religious practice among female Muslim adolescents, despite the efforts of Islamisation in Malaysia to promote abstinence rather than safe sex.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)266-271
Number of pages6
JournalResearch Journal of Medical Sciences
Volume6
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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Illegitimacy
Islam
Malaysia
Religion
Safe Sex
Unsafe Sex
Pregnancy in Adolescence
Pregnancy
Mass Media
Sexual Behavior
Parents

Keywords

  • Adolescent pregnancy
  • Engage
  • Female muslim adolescent
  • Malaysia
  • Premarital sex

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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