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NINO, Beatriz Andrea del Pilar et al. Conceptions on pregnancy in pregnant adolescents from the city of Bucaramanga. Rev Cuid [online]. 2017, vol.8, n.3, pp.1875-1886. ISSN 2216-0973.


Pregnancy in adolescents is a problem that brings consequences to the lives of adolescent girls and their families. Knowing the conceptions and representations the pregnant adolescents have is a fundamental tool to enhance decision-making and social support networks. Objective: The work sought to identify conceptions about pregnancy, along with social, economic, and support network characteristics in a group of pregnant adolescents from Bucaramanga.

Materials and Methods:

A qualitative study (case study) was conducted through focal group techniques, participant observation, and elaboration of a field diary. The study included 15 participants of the 100 adolescent girls benefiting from the Plan Padrino program by the Health and Environment Secretary in Bucaramanga during 2014.


Most of the participants stated that, although the pregnancy was not desired, they have accepted and assumed it with big changes in their lives, especially the relationship with their friends and family. They identified the family as the fundamental support network.


The conceptions on pregnancy in adolescents coincide with studies reported in Colombia in the sense that they assumed it with responsibility, but posed a double challenge specifically related to continuing their studies.


It is necessary to strengthen the support network of the adolescent girls, especially that related to educational processes and family.

Keywords : Pregnancy; Adolescent; Adolescent Behavior; Social Network.

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