Original Article

Perception and experience of relatives of pregnant teenagers: a qualitative study in the North and Northeast departments of Haiti

Léonel Philibert, Patrice Ngangue, Judith Lapierre, Paulin Mulatris, Alice Prophète, Gbètogo M. Kiki, Gisèle M. Ntanda
Journal of Public Health in Africa | Vol 14, No 11 | a50 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4081/jphia.2023.2436 | © 2024 Léonel Philibert, Patrice Ngangue, Judith Lapierre, Paulin Mulatris, Alice Prophète, Gbètogo M. Kiki, Gisèle M. Ntanda | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 March 2024 | Published: 30 November 2023

About the author(s)

Léonel Philibert, Université de l'Ontario français, Canada
Patrice Ngangue, Institute for Interdisciplinary Training and Research in Health Sciences and Education (IFRISSE), Burkina Faso
Judith Lapierre, Faculty of Nursing, Université Laval, Québec, Canada
Paulin Mulatris, Université de l'Ontario français, Canada
Alice Prophète, Faculty of Medecine, Université d'Alberta, Canada
Gbètogo M. Kiki, Faculty of Nursing, Université Laval, Québec, Canada
Gisèle M. Ntanda, Université du Québec en Outaouais, Université de l'Ontario français, Toronto, Canada

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Abstract

Background: Teenage pregnancy remains a global problem because of its consequences for the teenager, her child, her family, and society. In Haiti, this type of pregnancy burdens the family economy. In addition, the adolescent fertility rate is still high, despite efforts to reduce it. Objective: This article aims to analyze the perception and experiential experience of relatives of pregnant adolescents in Haiti. Methods: A qualitative study design based on Dewey’s social survey was conducted. Data were collected from 17 relatives (partners, parents, guardians, and others) of pregnant adolescents in Haiti’s North and Northeast departments. These data were analyzed using thematic analysis. Results: According to the results, teenage pregnancy is seen as a disaster or a social problem in Haiti. It leads to many psychosocial and economic difficulties for the relatives, who are the only source of economic and social support for pregnant adolescents. Conclusion: Considering the vulnerability of relatives, policies, and interventions aimed at reducing the negative consequences of teenage pregnancy should consider this group of individuals.

Keywords

Relative; teenage pregnancy; Haiti; perception; experience

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