n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Perceptions of Tshivenda-speaking adolescents regarding parental support during their pregnancy

Supplement 1
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


The study explored the perceptions of Tshivenda-speaking adolescents regarding the support they received from their parents during their pregnancy. Exploratory design to access in-depth data regarding the phenomenon under investigation was adopted. Seven (7) adolescents who were already mothers by the time of interviews were purposively sampled. Data were collected through unstructured face-to-face interviews and analysed interpretive phenomenological. The themes that emerged from the data were personal need for their parents, financial support, social support, emotional support, and medical support. The study concluded that economic background plays a role in the value that adolescents attach to parental support and even though parents show positive support towards adolescent pregnancy, such support is mostly accompanied by emotions such as anger, embarrassment, and fear of the unknown. The study recommended that parents should support their adolescent pregnant children in order to reduce the stress that is associated with pregnancy.

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