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TEENAGE PREGNANCY: THE FEMALE ADOLESCENT DILEMMA

Chiazor, A.I. and Ozoya, M. I. and Idowu, Adenike E. and Udume, Mercy and Osagide, M (2017) TEENAGE PREGNANCY: THE FEMALE ADOLESCENT DILEMMA. International Journal of Science Commerce and Humanities, 5 (1). pp. 70-82.

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Abstract

Teenage pregnancy is now a major issue today in Nigeria. It has become common to see many young teenage mothers in and around the different states of Nigeria. Teenage pregnancy is pregnancy that occurs in human females under the age of 20.The World Health Organization statistics reveal that 95% of births to mothers in this age group occur in low to middle income countries, with the highest rates occurring in sub-Saharan Africa. Whilst approximately 11% of births world-wide occur to mothers aged 15-19, World Bank indicators showed that teenage mothers formed 22.9% of women in Nigeria in 2010. Early marriage, low social-economic status, lack of education and rural community living are all factors associated withteenage pregnancy.Teenage pregnancy hasdetrimental effects on the health of both mother and child.Many reasons have been adduced for this trend and they include socio-economic factors, lack of discipline and control,adolescent sexual behavior andpsychological factors. This growing problem has attracted attention from many quarters. Many residents in Lagos state have at one time or the other expressed their concern about the increase in teenage pregnancy rates, especially in communities where you find many low income dwellers.In this study,theSurvey method was employed in interrogating this issue. This study sought to measure the perception of teenagers, who are key actors in the subject under review.Senior secondary students,Pregnant Teenagers in Alimosho and Ikorodu Local Government Areas of Lagos state were interviewed.The study revealed that low socio-economic status, cultural factors, peer pressure, lack of adequate sex education were the major causes of teenage pregnancy

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Teenage Pregnancy, Adolescent sexual behavior, socio-economic status
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Hannah Akinwumi
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2017 09:43
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2017 09:43
URI: http://eprints.covenantuniversity.edu.ng/id/eprint/8465

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