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Teenage pregnancy: on the road to social death.
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PMID:  11470102     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This paper describes research into perceptions of teenage pregnancy at two different demographical locations in the UK. Ninety-five semi-structured interviews were conducted on a teenage pregnant population and a non-pregnant teenage population. Thematic analysis revealed three levels of influence causing social pressures on the teenage pregnancy and were structured as primary, secondary and subordinate depending on the emphasis within the discourse analysis. From this binary oppositions were identified which formed the theoretical constructs relating to the transition from one state to another which can be termed 'becoming'. When these states are negatively perceived they cause a form of impending doom and create social exclusion for the recipient. Finally, it was revealed that they succumb to the weight of social sanction and feel the prophecy of a 'social death'
E Whitehead
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of nursing studies     Volume:  38     ISSN:  0020-7489     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Nurs Stud     Publication Date:  2001 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-07-25     Completed Date:  2001-09-06     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0400675     Medline TA:  Int J Nurs Stud     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  437-46     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Chester College of Higher Education, Parkgate Road, Chester CH1 4BJ, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological
Adolescent Psychology*
Attitude to Health*
Case-Control Studies
Family / psychology
Great Britain
Maternal Age
Models, Psychological
Mothers / psychology*
Nursing Methodology Research
Pregnancy in Adolescence / prevention & control,  psychology*,  statistics & numerical data
Risk Factors
Social Distance*
Social Values*

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