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Type Journal Article - South African Journal of Psychology
Title A decade later: follow-up review of South African research on the consequences of and contributory factors in teen-aged pregnancy
Volume 40
Issue 1
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2010
Page numbers 18-31
URL http://reference.sabinet.co.za/sa_epublication_article/sapsyc_v40_n1_a3
In this paper, we review South African research conducted in the last 10 years on the consequences of and contributory factors in teen-aged pregnancy. We discuss research into the rates of teen-aged pregnancy, the intentionality and wantedness of pregnancy, the disruption of schooling, health issues, consequences for the children, welfare concerns, knowledge and use of contraception, timing of sexual debut, age of partner, coercive sexual relations, cultural factors and health service provision. We compare this discussion to the reviews on the same topic appearing in the South African Journal of Psychology a decade ago. We find that there are several changes in focus in the research on pregnancy amongst young women. We conclude that, in general, there has been an improvement in the breadth of data available, mostly as a result of representative national and local surveys. A better teasing out of nuances around particular issues and a grappling with theoretical issues are also evident in recent research.

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