Pregnancy resolutions among pregnant teens: Termination, parenting or adoption?

Jean Tak Alice Loke Yuen, Pui ling Lam

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Background: Teenagers are unprepared to face or to deal with an unexpected pregnancy. Adolescents do not necessarily possess the cognitive ability needed to clearly evaluate such a situation or to determine how to resolve their pregnancy. This study seeks to shed light on what pregnant adolescents consider when coming to a decision about what to do about their pregnancy. Methods: In-depth interviews were conducted among a purposive sample of Hong Kong Chinese women recruited from a Maternal and Child Health Centre, who had a history of being pregnant in their teens and out of wedlock. Interviews were conducted to explore the considerations surrounding their decision on how to resolve their pregnancy. Results: A total of nine women were interviewed. An analysis of the interview transcripts revealed that to arrive at a decision on what to do about their pregnancy, pregnant teens took into consideration their relationship with their boyfriend, their family's advice or support, practical considerations, their personal values in life, and views on adoption. Conclusions: The results of this study results highlighted that during this life-altering event for adolescents, an open discussion should take place among all of the parties concerned. A better understanding of each party's perspective would allow for better decision making on the resolution of the pregnancy. Health professionals or social workers are there to help pregnant adolescents, romantic partners, and family members make informed choices on how to resolve the pregnancy.
Original languageEnglish
Article number367
JournalBMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 19 Dec 2014


  • Adolescent nursing
  • Decision making
  • Pregnancy resolution
  • Teenage pregnancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • General Medicine


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