n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Knowledge and beliefs about termination of pregnancy among teenagers in Vhembe district of Limpopo Province, South Africa

Supplement 1
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


The purpose of this study was to determine knowledge and beliefs on termination of pregnancies among teenagers in Vhembe district of Limpopo province. A quantitative, exploratory, descriptive approach was used. The respondents were selected by convenience sampling from all teenagers who terminated their pregnancies at a reproductive health unit of a selected community hospital, during data collection. The sample consisted of 208 pregnant teenagers aged 19 years and younger. A self-administered questionnaire was used to collect data, which was analysed by computing frequencies and percentages using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences. The study revealed that teenagers' lack of knowledge regarding reproductive health and sexual issues was significantly associated with the belief that termination of pregnancy could be used as a contraceptive method. Therefore, teenagers' reproductive health was put at risk. Poor and ineffective communication between parents and their teenagers, contributed to teenagers' lack of knowledge which led to early engagement in unprotected sex resulting in unwanted pregnancies which ended in termination. The study therefore recommends that children should receive reproductive health education from as early as 9-10 years, at home and from schools. Therefore, parents should be equipped with knowledge and skills to enable them to adequately communicate with their children about sexuality.

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