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Factors influencing the uptake of contraception services by Vatsonga adolescents in rural communities of Vhembe District in Limpopo Province, South Africa

Rachel T. Lebese, Sonto M. Maputle, Dorah U. Ramathuba, Lunic B. Khoza
Health SA Gesondheid | Vol 18, No 1 | a654 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hsag.v18i1.654 | © 2013 Rachel T. Lebese, Sonto M. Maputle, Dorah U. Ramathuba, Lunic B. Khoza | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 13 February 2012 | Published: 06 March 2013

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Rachel T. Lebese, Department of Advanced Nursing Science, University of Venda, South Africa
Sonto M. Maputle, Department of Advanced Nursing Science, University of Venda, South Africa
Dorah U. Ramathuba, Department of Advanced Nursing Science, University of Venda, South Africa
Lunic B. Khoza, Department of Advanced Nursing Science, University of Venda, South Africa


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Abstract

The aim of the study was to determine the factors that influence the uptake of contraception services by adolescents in the Vhembe district of Limpopo Province, South Africa. A qualitative research method which is explorative, descriptive and contextual in nature was used to investigate the phenomenon from the adolescents’ perspective. The target population comprised of adolescents residing in one of the six villages of Vhembe District. Data was collected through six focus group discussions until data saturation was achieved. Data was analysed using an open coding method. The findings revealed that adolescents are aware of the availability of contraceptive services. However, they lack a comprehensive knowledge about contraception and contraceptives, which led to negative attitudes towards using the services. Cultural health beliefs and attitudes were also identified as a barrier to the uptake and use of contraceptives. Recommendations were made on interventions to increase the uptake of contraception services amongst adolescents.

Die doel met die studie was om te bepaal watter faktore beïnvloed adolessente in die Vembe distrik van Limpopo Provinsie, Suid Afrika se besluit om voorbehoedmiddels te gebruik. ’n Kwalitatiewe navorsingsmetode wat eksploratief, beskrywend en kontekstueel van aard is, is gebruik om die fenomeen vanuit die perspektief van die adolessent te ondersoek. Data is ingewin deur ses fokusgroepbesprekings todat ’n punt van dataversadiging bereik is. Data is met behulp van oop kodeering geanaliseer. Bevindinge het getoon dat die adolessente wel bewus is van die beskikbaarheid van voorbehoeddienste, alhoewel hulle kennis van voorbehoeding en voorbehoedmiddels gebrekkig is, en dit het tot ’n negatiewe houding jeens die gebruik van die dienste gelei. Kulturele en kulturele gesondheidsgelowe gelowe en houdings is ook geidentifiseer as ’n hindernis tot die gebruik van voorbehoedmiddels. Aanbevelings is gemaak ten opsigte van intervensies om die gebruik van voorbehoeddienste onder adolessente te bevorder.


Keywords

Uptake of contraceptives; adolescents; contraception; rural communities; primary health care; sex education

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