Being a teenager and being a mother

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Subtitle: research on teen pregnancy in adolescents and Brazilian Portuguese
Author list: Koller S, dei Schirà E D B
Publisher: Instituto Superior de Psicologia Aplicada (ISPA)
Publication year: 2011
Volume number: 29
Issue number: 4
Start page: 521
End page: 533
Number of pages: 13
ISSN: 0870-8231
Languages: English-Great Britain (EN-GB), Portuguese-Brazil (PT-BR)


The present study aimed to investigate sociodemographic characteristics among pregnant adolescent in Brazil (n=4) and Portugal (n=4). It used a qualitative design with multiple-case study (N=8). In addition, it employed a semi-structured interview in order to explore some domains of adolescent's life. The present study will present some of these results: context of pregnancy, couple's relationship, current life, school attendance and plans for the future. The interviews were content analysed by an interjudges agreement. According to the interviews, it was observed that in both countries pregnancy tends to appear on a specific social context which is characterized by school absence and few perspectives for the future. Besides, all the pregnancies occurred on established relationships. The pregnancy was also described as an event which allows some changes in life like the wish to come back to school. The participants of the study, either from Brazil or Portugal, had similar reports. Characterized by poor school attendance as well as by a lack of opportunities for the future, the precarious context of development was identified as transcultural. Although, we consider that the present research allow identify some of the characteristics of adolescents who become pregnant. By this means, public policies could be reinforced and improved.


Adolescent pregnancy, Developmental contexts, Scholarship, Social relationships


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