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J Transcult Nurs. 2001 Jul;12(3):180-92.

Taking love seriously: the context of adolescent pregnancy in Colombia.

[Article in English, Spanish]

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Department of Basic Professional Education, Faculty of Nursing, University of Antioquia.


Findings from a qualitative research study of the context of adolescent pregnancy are presented. Participants were 21 pregnant adolescents from MedellĂ­n, Colombia, and nearby villages in the region. Data were collected by means of 21 qualitative interviews, and analysis followed grounded theory procedures. The study reveals that adolescent pregnancy occurs in the context of a "genuine love affair" in which ideas of romantic love and gender rules guide young women's behaviour. Regarding an adolescent as immature or in a process of becoming might hinder adolescents' distinctive culture and circumstances. Ideas of romantic love and gender rules were powerful influences on those who unintentionally got pregnant.

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