Original Research

Factors contributing to rise in teenage pregnancy in Sekhukhune district, Limpopo province

Ragosebo P. Sekopa, Patrone R. Risenga, Sheillah H. Mboweni
Curationis | Vol 47, No 1 | a2482 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v47i1.2482 | © 2024 Ragosebo P. Sekopa, Patrone R. Risenga, Sheillah H. Mboweni | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 14 March 2023 | Published: 10 May 2024

About the author(s)

Ragosebo P. Sekopa, Department of Health Limpopo, Polokwane, South Africa
Patrone R. Risenga, Department of Health Studies, College of Human Sciences, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa
Sheillah H. Mboweni, Department of Health Studies, College of Human Sciences, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa

Abstract

Background: The Department of Health in South Africa has reported an alarming total of 90 037 teenage girls between the ages of 10 years and 19 years who gave birth from March 2021 to April 2022, across all provinces and districts. The rise in teenage pregnancy is of serious concern as adolescents girls are more likely to experience difficult pregnancies and deliveries which could lead to detrimental effects on their health.

Objectives: The study aimed to explore and describe factors contributing to the increase in teenage pregnancy in the Sekhukhune district of Limpopo.

Method: The study was conducted in the healthcare facilities of Sekhukhune area. A qualitative, exploratory design was followed. Participants were purposively selected, and data were gathered through face-to-face individual interviews. Data analysis employed Tesch’s inductive, descriptive coding method.

Results: Negligence, peer pressure, ambiguity, choice, lack of contraceptive use, and lack of family attachment were identified as exacerbating factors in the district’s surge in teenage pregnancy.

Conclusion: To reduce teen pregnancy, it is crucial to promote contraception, enhance cooperation between schools and the government, involve families in sexual and reproductive health discussions, prioritise a supportive home environment, advocate for child support grants, revitalise school health services, and empower teenagers to make informed choices and resist peer pressure.

Contribution: The study will provide guidance to policy makers and other stakeholders in developing appropriate programmes to address the problem and improve the health and socioeconomic status of adolescents in rural areas. This will reduce healthcare costs associated with complications and premature birth.


Keywords

factors; teenager; pregnancy; teenage pregnancy; exploring

Sustainable Development Goal

Goal 3: Good health and well-being

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