Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Psychosocial Factors Surrounding Adolescent Pregnancy in Jamaica: The Youth Worker’s Perspective
by Peart, Kerriann M., Ph.D., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2020, 203; 28022669
Abstract (Summary)

The phenomenological study will investigate the factors identified within cultures, as shaping and influencing the development and sexual-reproductive health outcomes of adolescents in Jamaica. The study will look at how the Jamaican culture places emphasis on social principles related to early pregnancy and how it shapes family function and recognizes trauma. Attention to cultural (social, environmental, political) factors that place adolescents at risk for less than desirable reproductive health outcomes, will also be explored.

Preliminary review of literature shows a lack of understanding among staff, who work closely with adolescents involved with trauma and multiple social challenges that compromise healthy behaviors. By providing insight from young adults who experienced pregnancy during adolescence, the study corroborates the youth worker’s perspectives on cultural components that significantly contribute to sexual-reproductive health outcomes of adolescents. Findings reveal factors that were established as themes, are consistently reported as critical contributors to adolescent pregnancy among youth in Jamaica. This research is a crucial building block for further culturally based research and the development of policies informed by those most impacted by the phenomenon.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Huang, Florence
Commitee: Doe, Kafui, Henry, Tamara
School: The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Department: International Psychology: Organizations and Systems Concentration
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-A 82/2(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Public health, Caribbean Studies, Mental health, Obstetrics, Social psychology
Keywords: Adolescent mental health, Adolescent pregnancy, Adolescent sexual health, Cultural psychology, Jamaica, Public health
Publication Number: 28022669
ISBN: 9798664750775
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