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Initiation of sexual behaviour and early childbearing: poverty and the gendered nature of responsibility amongst young people in South Africa

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dc.date.accessioned 2018-05-31 en
dc.date.accessioned 2019-08-19T13:21:07Z
dc.date.available 2019-08-19T13:21:07Z
dc.date.issued 2018-05-31 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/12280
dc.description.abstract Childbearing is an important life course event and a decision to give birth has significant implication in contemporary society, especially if it occurs before the completion of schooling and predating the start of being gainfully employed. Globally, teenage pregnancy is more common among young people who have been disadvantaged in childhood and have low expectations of education or opportunities in the job market. Literature shows that youth living in poverty have higher teen pregnancy rate than the average population. Socio-economic circumstances seem to play a major role in the rates of teen pregnancy. Poor access to contraception and inconsistent or non-use of family planning services, a situation that prevails mostly among people of low socioeconomic status, has been noted as major contributing factors to high rates of teenage pregnancy. Although family planning services are provided for free in South Africa, poverty, cultural believes and negative judgment by health care workers remain barriers to access. As a result giving birth at a young age becomes prevalent and often continues the cycle of poverty and in most cases women bear the brunt of the responsibility. Furthermore, teenage pregnancy has negative health outcomes for the expectant teenager as it increases risks of obstetrical complications and mental health illnesses such as depression and anxiety. The study makes use of mixed methods in order to illustrate gender dynamics in reproductive lives of young people. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR en
dc.subject PREGNANCY en
dc.subject YOUTH en
dc.subject POVERTY en
dc.title Initiation of sexual behaviour and early childbearing: poverty and the gendered nature of responsibility amongst young people in South Africa en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume 19(5) en
dc.BudgetYear 2018/19 en
dc.ResearchGroup Human and Social Development en
dc.SourceTitle Journal of International Women's Studies en
dc.ArchiveNumber 10399 en
dc.PageNumber 209-226 en
dc.outputnumber 9365 en
dc.bibliographictitle Makiwane, M., Gumede, N.A. & Molobela, L. (2018) Initiation of sexual behaviour and early childbearing: poverty and the gendered nature of responsibility amongst young people in South Africa. <i>Journal of International Women's Studies</i>. 19(5):209-226. en
dc.publicationyear 2018 en
dc.contributor.author1 Makiwane, M. en
dc.contributor.author2 Gumede, N.A. en
dc.contributor.author3 Molobela, L. en


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