The Turning Point in an Unwanted Teenage Pregnancy: A Psychoemotional Perspective

Nor, Azmawaty Mohamad and Shah, Shanina Sharatol Ahmad and Balasingam, Usharani and Zainudin, Zaida Nor (2019) The Turning Point in an Unwanted Teenage Pregnancy: A Psychoemotional Perspective. Malaysian Journal of Medicine and Health Sciences, 15 (Spp.1). pp. 30-36. ISSN 1675-8544,

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Introduction: Malaysia is a multiethnic country that allows freedom of religion with Islam being the most professed religion. Under the Islamic teachings, premarital sex is forbidden. Nonetheless, at present, there is an increasing number of teenage pregnancies among the Malay Muslims as a consequence of premarital sex. The objective was to obtain a detailed understanding of how pregnant teenagers make sense of their experience with unwanted pregnancy from a psycho-emotional perspective. Methods: Purposive sampling through the application of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) was employed. Face to face interviews were conducted with 10 participants that were 17 years old. Results: Three themes emerged from the present research (a) transformation of self, (b) transition to motherhood and; (c) spiritual strengthening. Conclusion: All participants experienced turning points in their lives in which they made sense of their experience resulting in positive changes. © 2019 UPM Press. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Funders: University of Malaya Bantuan Kecil Penyelidikan (BKP) Grant (Project Code: BKP079-2016)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Teenagers; unwanted pregnancy; turning point; psycho-emotional
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Education
Faculty of Law
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2020 01:30
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2020 01:30

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