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Interaction of culture and grief amongst women who terminated a pregnancy in adolescence: A narrative approach

Botshelo R. Sebola
Curationis | Vol 44, No 1 | a2247 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v44i1.2247 | © 2021 Botshelo Rachel Sebola | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 March 2021 | Published: 23 November 2021

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Botshelo R. Sebola, Department of Health Studies, School of Social Sciences, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

Background: Culture plays a vital role in resolving grief in African communities. However, women who terminate a pregnancy in adolescence are typically not exposed to cultural rituals that could ease their grief.

Objectives: The purpose of this article is to explore the interaction of culture and grief amongst women who terminated a pregnancy in adolescence.

Method: A qualitative exploratory study was undertaken using a narrative approach. Unstructured interviews were conducted to solicit narratives from 11 women who terminated a pregnancy in adolescence.

Results: Data were analysed through narrative, thematic data analysis. Three themes emerged from the findings: delayed post-traumatic growth, low body esteem and an alteration in the development of maternal identity.

Conclusion: The study intended to explore the interaction of culture and grief amongst women who terminated a pregnancy in adolescence. The researcher determined that women who had not honoured their culture because of the secrecy surrounding the termination of pregnancy had delayed healing and an altered self-image.


Keywords

adolescence; approach; culture; grief; interaction; narrative approach; terminated pregnancy; women

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