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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem

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HOGA, Luiza Akiko Komura. Adolescent maternity in a low income community: experiences revealed by oral history. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2008, vol.16, n.2, pp. 280-286. ISSN 0104-1169.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-11692008000200017.

Adolescent maternity involves relevant factors associated with each family, culture and society. This research aimed to describe the experiences in the trajectory of adolescent maternity. The oral history method was used, obtaining the narratives of 21 adolescent mothers living in a low income community located in São Paulo City, Brazil. The following descriptive categories emerged from the narratives: Pregnancy: an event in the initial phase of the relationship; Insufficient knowledge and access to contraceptives, gender inferiority and God's will: the ways to look at pregnancy; To escape from family problems and define the life course: the personal meanings attributed to pregnancy; More gain than pain: the balance of adolescent maternity. Adolescent maternity in low income contexts involves very complex factors and requires an integral, integrated, personal and family centered care.

Keywords : pregnancy in adolescence; social conditions; delivery of health care; culture.

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