The Teenager’s Experiences of Pregnancy and Reactions from Parents and Partners: A Malaysian Perspective
2014 (English)In: Journal of family Violence, ISSN 0885-7482, E-ISSN 1573-2851, Vol. 29, no 4, 465-472 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
This qualitative research focuses on the experiences of unwed teenage mothers in Malaysia in respect to the reactions of their parents and the fathers of their babies and how the reactions from significant others influence these unwed teenage mothers. The investigation was based on content analysis of interviews with seventeen unwed teenage mothers, aged 12 to 18 years, during their probation or placement in shelter houses. The results show that most unwed teenage mothers became pregnant as a result of rape or statutory rape, and thus were at risk of developing mental health problems. Three themes were developed to describe the reactions of their families and the fathers of their babies: secrecy, repression and rejection. Four additional themes – feeling detached, trapped, unworthy and ambiguous–were developed to describe the teenagers’ experiences of pregnancy.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 29, no 4, 465-472 p.
rape, teenage pregnancy, repression, rejection, Malaysia, social work practice.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-82713DOI: 10.1007/s10896-014-9595-4ISI: 000335923900013OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-82713DiVA: diva2:662374