Teenagers' Experiences of Pregnancy and the Parents' and Partners' Reactions

A Malaysian Perspective

Nor Jana Saim, Mona Dufåker, Mehdi Ghazinour

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Abstract

This study focuses on the experiences of unwed teenage mothers in Malaysia in respect to the reactions of their parents and the fathers of their babies and how the reactions from significant others influence these unwed teenage mothers. The investigation was based on content analysis of interviews with 17 unwed teenage mothers, aged 12 to 18 years, during their probation or placement in shelter houses. The results show that most unwed teenage mothers became pregnant as a result of rape or statutory rape, and thus were at risk of developing mental health problems. Three themes were developed: secrecy, repression, and rejection. Four additional themes-feeling detached, trapped, unworthy, and ambiguous-were developed to describe the teenagers' experiences of pregnancy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)465-472
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Family Violence
Volume29
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Keywords

  • Malaysia
  • Rape
  • Rejection
  • Repression
  • Social work practice
  • Teenage pregnancy

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  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Law
  • Sociology and Political Science

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Teenagers' Experiences of Pregnancy and the Parents' and Partners' Reactions : A Malaysian Perspective. / Saim, Nor Jana; Dufåker, Mona; Ghazinour, Mehdi.

In: Journal of Family Violence, Vol. 29, No. 4, 2014, p. 465-472.

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