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dc.contributor.advisor Mpolokeng, M. B. L.
dc.contributor.advisor Skaal, L. Mohlake, Kgabo Linny 2015-11-23T12:45:09Z 2015-11-23T12:45:09Z 2014
dc.description Thesis (MPH.) -- University of Limpopo, 2014 en_US
dc.description.abstract Background The use of contraceptives among sexually-active teenagers in South Africa is known to be very poor and is currently estimated to be at a rate of 25% (DoH 2002). Teenagers who have unprotected sex are at a high risk of reproductive Health problems, such as Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and HIV/AIDS, and unsafe abortion, amongst others (DoH 2002). Contraceptive use progressively declined between 2002 and 2004 among girls under 18 years in the Kwa-Zulu Natal Province as a whole (Health Statistical Bulletin, 2004). Aim The aim was to determine knowledge, attitudes and perceptions of pregnant teenagers with regard to usage of contraceptives at the Pietersburg Hospital, Limpopo Province, South Africa. Method of data collection and analysis A cross-sectional descriptive survey was used in this study. A self-administered questionnaire was used to collect data from pregnant clients aged 13-19 years of age. Data analysis was carried out by using the computer software called Statistical Program for Social Sciences (SPSS). The findings revealed that lack of knowledge, attitudes and perceptions of pregnant teenagers was a problem. Findings The findings of this study indicated that culture and attitude of nursing personnel were not the barriers. Barriers were “not having enough time to choose the method and just not being serious about contraception”. Thirty-six ix per cent (36%) of the participants said they had enough time to choose the method, but they did not choose. Sixty per cent (60%) said they were not serious about contraception, 40% said they were serious but did not use contraception. Married participants who did not hear about emergency contraception, the percentage was small, 6%, while the percentage of single women was higher (94%). Conclusion The study revealed that the participants had knowledge of contraceptives, both single and married; however, married women seemed to have negative attitudes towards contraceptives, based on the culture and the believe that, once married, the usage of contraception was not necessary. Based on the findings of the study, it is recommended that there should be effective ways of information giving to the public regarding family planning. en_US
dc.format.extent xii, 50 leaves en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.requires Adobe Acrobat Reader, version 7 en_US
dc.subject Pregnant teenagers en_US
dc.subject Contraceptive usage en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Birth control -- South Africa -- Limpopo en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Contraceptives -- South Africa -- Limpopo en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Pregnant schoolgirls -- South Africa -- Limpopo en_US
dc.title Knowledge and attitudes of pregnant teenagers with regard to usage of contraceptives at Pietersburg Hospital, Limpopo Province, South Africa en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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