Journal article

'You have a child who will call you "mama" ': understanding adolescent pregnancy in South Sudan

Sumit Kane, Esther Miedema, Marjolein Dieleman, Jacqueline Broerse

GLOBAL HEALTH ACTION | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2019

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Pregnancy amongst adolescent girls is common in many parts of the world. The dominant discourse in public health unquestioningly paints this as a problem; it does not pay sufficient attention to girls' views. OBJECTIVES: This paper presents a critical account of adolescent South Sudanese girls' reasons for and explanations of childbearing. It discusses their experiences and views on childbearing and attempts to explain their reproductive choices and actions, in context. METHODS: The study draws upon 24 interviews with adolescent boys, girls and parents from Wau, South Sudan. Data was analysed using the framework analysis approach. RESULTS: Three interacting themes within which ad..

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