Journal article

Early union, 'disgrasya', and prior adversity and disadvantage: pathways to adolescent pregnancy among Filipino youth

Christine Marie Habito, Alison Morgan, Cathy Vaughan

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH | BMC | Published : 2021


BACKGROUND: Few studies explore what it means to be an adolescent parent in the Philippines from the young parents' perspective. This study sought to improve understanding of how adolescent mothers and young fathers experienced pregnancy in Palawan, Philippines. METHODS: We conducted narrative analysis of 27 semi-structured interviews with 15 Filipino young parents. FINDINGS: Our findings point to three pathways to adolescent pregnancy differentiated by life circumstances and perceived self-efficacy: through early unions, through 'disgrasya' (accident) in romantic relationships, and when pregnancy is directly related to adversity and disadvantage. Some young people adopted agentic narratives..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This study is a component of the doctoral research project of CMH which was made possible by the Nossal Global Health Scholars Programme of the Nossal Institute of Global Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne. We also received partial funding for data collection from the Population Health Investing in Research Students' Training (PHIRST) grant of the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne, and the Riady Scholarship of the University of Melbourne.