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The turning point in an unwanted teenage pregnancy: a psycho-emotional perspective


Mohamad Nor, Azmawaty and Sharatol Ahmad Shah, Shanina and P Balasingam, Usharani and Zainudin, Zaida Nor (2019) The turning point in an unwanted teenage pregnancy: a psycho-emotional perspective. Malaysian Journal of Medicine and Health Sciences, 15 (SUPP1). pp. 30-36. ISSN 1675-8544; ESSN: 2636-9346


Introduction: Malaysia is a multiethnic country that allows freedom of religion with Islam being the most professed religion. Under the Islamic teachings, premarital sex is forbidden. Nonetheless, at present, there is an increasing number of teenage pregnancies among the Malay Muslims as a consequence of premarital sex. The objective was to obtain a detailed understanding of how pregnant teenagers make sense of their experience with unwanted pregnancy from a psycho-emotional perspective. Methods: Purposive sampling through the application of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) was employed. Face to face interviews were conducted with 10 participants that were 17 years old. Results: Three themes emerged from the present research (a) transformation of self, (b) transition to motherhood and; (c) spiritual strengthening. Conclusion: All participants experienced turning points in their lives in which they made sense of their experience resulting in positive changes.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Educational Studies
Publisher: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia
Notes: Supplementary issues: Culture & Mental Health
Keywords: Teenagers; Unwanted pregnancy; Turning point; Psycho-emotional
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2019 03:26
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2019 03:26
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/68725
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