A Qualitative Analysis of Experiences, Challenges and Coping Strategies of the Namibian Teenage Mothers in the Kavango Regions
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This study reveals the experiences, challenges and coping strategies of teenage mothers in the Kavango Regions of Namibia. Convenient methods of sampling were used to draw a sample of twelve school-going research participants aged between 14 and 19 years and formed two focus groups. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with the participants across the two regions. Data were analyzed using the ATLAS.ti software, and themes were identified. The results of the study indicate themes of worry, stress, regret, guilt coupled with stigma from the society members and lack and/or limited financial support. Teenage mothers experience difficulties in managing the dual role of motherhood and learning. Despite the challenges experienced, the teenage mothers remained hopeful and determined to succeed in life and have goals to complete their secondary education and continue with tertiary schooling, thus demonstrating resilience at face value.
KeywordsTeenage mothers Experiences Challenges Coping strategies
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