Episodic emotions of Tshivenda cultural community mothers towards their adolescent children’s pregnancies

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 27, issue 5, 2017 , pages: 447–451
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2017.1375197
Author(s): Makondelele Radzilani-MakatuDepartment of Psychology, South Africa


This study explored Tshivenda mothers’ emotional reactions to the learning of unplanned pregnancies of their adolescent daughters. Ten purposively selected mothers with early parent adolescent children were informants (age range = 40 to 55 years). They responded to semi-structured face-to-face interviews on their reactions to the learning of the pregnancies of their daughters. The interview data were thematically analysed. Findings suggest the mothers experienced anger and embarrassment, objective and subjective burdens supporting their early parent daughter, and fears for the health of their mother-to-be daughters. The mothers reported to cope with pregnancy of their daughters by religion supplication, acceptance and social support, as well as open communication with their adolescent daughters about the pregnancies.

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