oa Journal of Psychology in Africa - Black South African adolescents' experiences of pregnancy termination



This article presents the findings of research undertaken to explore and descriptionbe the experience of the Black South African adolescent terminating her pregnancy. Data were collected during individual interviews with adolescents who presented themselves for termination of their pregnancy at two hospitals in the Port Elizabeth-Uitenhage area. The transcribed interviews were analysed through descriptionptive analysis. Guba's measures to ensure trustworthiness were applied. Four central themes were identified from the results, namely: divergent reasons for terminating the pregnancy, termination of pregnancy is not talked about, relationships (parent-child and adolescent-partner) are problematic and reflections on the experience of terminating the pregnancy. For each theme categories were also descriptionbed. Recommendations were made to facilitate improving the experience of the Black adolescent tenninating her pregnancy.


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