Original Research

The support group impact on enhancing the self-worth of women who terminated a pregnancy in adolescence

Botshelo R. Sebola, Patrone R. Risenga
South African Family Practice | Vol 65, No 1 : Part 4| a5707 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/safp.v65i1.5707 | © 2023 Botshelo R. Sebola, Patrone R. Risenga | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 03 January 2023 | Published: 27 December 2023

About the author(s)

Botshelo R. Sebola, Department of Health Studies, School of Social Sciences, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa
Patrone R. Risenga, Department of Health Studies, School of Social Sciences, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa

Abstract

Background: Terminating a pregnancy can be a traumatic life event, resulting in negative emotions that can diminish women’s self-worth. Support from different sources, including health support groups, could be beneficial in restoring a woman’s self-worth. This article aimed to present findings on the impact of a support group intervention on the self-worth of women who terminated a pregnancy in adolescence.

Methods: A qualitative, exploratory and descriptive approach, using in-depth, semi-structured interviews, was used to collect data. Thematic analysis guided the data analysis.

Results: Five themes emerged from the data: reasons for joining the support group; enhanced emotional and physical wellbeing; self-forgiveness; spiritual growth and participants’ voices.

Conclusion: Participants described why they needed to join the support group. It became clear that the intercession was effective in the short term as it enhanced participants’ self-worth by encouraging them to accept themselves thereby altering their self-condemning emotions, replacing them with self-love.

Contribution: The study recommends that a support group should be considered as a backup for women who terminated a pregnancy and have lost their self-worth.


Keywords

adolescence; enhancement; self-forgiveness; self-worth; termination of pregnancy; women

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