Adolescents' Perception of the Risks and Consequences of Early Pregnancy in Mozambique Case Study: General Secondary School of the 1st and 2nd Cycle-Nicoadala

Authors : Dr. Lourenço Samuel Vilanculos; Dr. Mariano Rodrigues; Dr. Godfrey Buleque

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 9 - September

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The sexual and reproductive health of adolescents has generated much concern in NGOs due to its physical, psychological and social repercussions. Early pregnancy is one of the most common consequences of premature unions that culminate in school dropout, negatively influencing literacy and probable health risks. The problem arises, what is the perception of the students of the Secondary General School of the 1st and 2nd cycle of Nicoadala about the risks and consequences of early pregnancy? The general objective is to analyze the perception of students at Escola S.G. of the 1st and 2nd cycle of Nicoadala on the risks and consequences of early pregnancy. The study becomes relevant because of the attempt to minimize early teenage pregnancy, as it is one of the Public Health problems. This is a qualitative study based on exploratory and descriptive research. Convenience sampling of 40 adolescents aged 15 to 19 years was used. Bibliographic research, semi-structured interview and indirect observation were used for data collection, the content analysis technique was applied in the data analysis. As a result, it was noticed that about 77.5% of the interviewed individuals showed some knowledge about the risks and consequences of early pregnancy, despite not being solid and lacking more clear and objective information and some adolescents adhere to unsafe sex due to pressure. of peers and family members. It is concluded that the School must create sustainability mechanisms and increasingly potentiate SSRD programs and adolescents must use contraceptive methods.

Keywords : Adolescents; Sex Education; Sexual Health; Early Pregnancy.


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