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Title: Teenage pregnancy in KwaZulu-Natal high schools : an action research project
Authors: Ramakatsa, Relebohile R. 
Keywords: Teenage pregnancy;Socioeconomic challenge
Issue Date: Jan-2020
Teenage pregnancy in South African communities has become a socioeconomic challenge which has risen to greater heights with the passing of
years. Although it may prove problematic in South Africa, it is not an exclusive
issue for South African communities, as empirical evidence indicates that this
is a worldwide problem where other countries, such as the United States, have
recorded appalling teenage pregnancy frequencies. While teenage pregnancy
is an important topic which deserves much research and attention, this study
has streamlined it to its frequencies at high schools in South Africa, particularly
in the KwaZulu-Natal Province. The overarching aim of the study is was to find,
understand and address the underlying issues behind teenage pregnancy and
establish the factors responsible for reducing teenage pregnancies in South
African schools. It should be noted that the focus was on teenage parenthood
and its impact on the lives of young people, both male and female, family
structures and socialisation. The study explored cultural and structural
violence in South African families and its residual effects on the lives of these
young individuals.
The study is qualitative in nature and data were collected through the means
of action research with the deployment of semi-structured interviews, focus
groups discussions, narratives and observations. All the necessary
documentation was gathered in adherence to ethical requirements as outlined
by the Institutional Research and Ethics Committee (IREC), the findings
suggest that teenage pregnancy is merely a smoke-screen, they point to lack
of intimacy in parent-child relationship as a possible major cause for the
This work is submitted in fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Management Science: Public Administration – Peacebuilding, Durban University of Technology, Durban, South Africa, 2020.
Appears in Collections:Theses and dissertations (Management Sciences)

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