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Beliefs of grade six learners’ regarding adolescent pregnancy and sex

C. Grobler, Y. Botma, A.C. Jacobs, M. Nel
Curationis | Vol 30, No 1 | a1043 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v30i1.1043 | © 2007 C. Grobler, Y. Botma, A.C. Jacobs, M. Nel | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 September 2007 | Published: 28 September 2007

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C. Grobler, School of Nursing, University of the Free State, South Africa
Y. Botma, School of Nursing, University of the Free State, South Africa
A.C. Jacobs, School of Nursing, University of the Free State, South Africa
M. Nel, Department of Biostatistics, University of the Free State, South Africa

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Abstract

Escalating adolescent pregnancy and risky sexual behaviour is becoming more common amongst young adolescents and especially amongst black adolescents in South Africa. Statistics confirm that South African adolescents as young as fourteen are already sexually active and become pregnant. The decision to become sexually active with resulting adolescent pregnancy whether planned or not, are directly influenced by the teenager’s beliefs. A person’s beliefs consist of a person’ own individual beliefs or attitude as well as what the individual subjective norm which the individual perceive as other people’s beliefs regarding the same object of reason. The aim of the study was to describe the attitude of black grade six learners under the age of fourteen, towards adolescent pregnancy and sex. A quantitative descriptive research design was used. Results were clustered according to demographic variables as well as beliefs that consist of attitude and subjective norm.

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