Psychological Well-Being and Sexual Behaviour of South African Teenage Mothers: An Overview
Teenage motherhood has counted against the educational success of girls in South Africa. Psychologically, such youth end up being depressed and experience difficulty completing immunization regimes, forming mother-infant bond and achieving self-actualization. This research paper intends to investigate the psychological well-being and sexual behaviour of teenage mothers with specific reference to their relationship with parents and sexual partners, and the impact they have on their children. Findings are that lack of knowledge and skills of motherhood leads to alcohol consumption during breastfeeding which could lead to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) in babies. Furthermore, teenage mothers are demotivated and feel embarrassed to seek sexual health care, resulting in them being exposed to risky sexual behaviour (e.g. HIV/AIDS). The recommendations are that; to improve their psychological well-being, sex–education and counselling, should be provided, at home, schools and health centres.
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Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences ISSN 2039-9340(Print) ISSN 2039-2117(Online)
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