Parental Care for Unplanned Pregnant Adolescent Daughters: A Qualitative Descriptive Study

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Nonglak Khamsawarde
Sopen Chunuan
Wandee Suttharangsee


              Adolescent pregnancy is a critical and global problem having a significant impact on the adolescent mother, father, and the child of adolescent parents and grandparents. Pregnancy during puberty has significant health consequences for teenage mothers and their babies, so they need special support from their parents. This study aimed to describe parental care for unplanned pregnant adolescents. A qualitative descriptive study was conducted in six districts in a northeastern province of Thailand with 12 families made up of 57 informants. This included 12 parents of the pregnant daughter, who were the key informants, and a general informant group of 12 pregnant adolescents, ten of their boyfriends, four grandfathers, four grandmothers, one parent’s older sister, one older sister, and one female cousin. Data were collected through in-depth interviews, participant observation, field notes, and photographs. Content analysis was used to analyze the data.
             Parental care indicated six themes: (1) dealing with the unplanned pregnancy with two subthemes; (2) giving love without conditions with two subthemes; (3) promoting the health of the pregnant daughter and her fetus with four subthemes; (4) providing emotional, spiritual, and financial support; (5) planning for the care of a grandchild; and (6) directing and helping the daughter for future achievements. The findings inform nursing and midwifery practice and other involved health professions and form a foundation for further research relating to the study area. In addition, the findings could be used for the evidence-based development of programs of care for parents with pregnant adolescents.

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Nonglak Khamsawarde, Sopen Chunuan, Wandee Suttharangsee. Parental Care for Unplanned Pregnant Adolescent Daughters: A Qualitative Descriptive Study. PRIJNR [Internet]. 2022 May 27 [cited 2022 Nov. 27];26(3):501-16. Available from:
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