Christine Marie Habito

Understanding adolescent pregnancy and parenthood in the Philippines: a mixed methods study

Supervisors

A/Prof Cathy Vaughan
A/Prof Alison Morgan

Thesis Title

Understanding adolescent pregnancy and parenthood in the Philippines: a mixed methods study

Description of PhD Project

Amid declining global and regional fertility rates, adolescent childbearing has been increasing in the Philippines over the last two decades. This study aims to develop a deeper understanding of the factors associated with adolescent pregnancy and parenthood in the Philippines through a mixed methods approach. Quantitative analysis was done through further analysis of Demographic and Health Surveys data to determine what more could be learned about adolescent sexual initiation and pregnancy using existing data. Primary qualitative data were gathered through key informant interviews, focus group discussions, and semi-structured, one-on-one interviews with pregnant and parenting youth from Palawan, Philippines. Qualitative analysis provided insights on Filipino adolescents’ perceptions and lived experiences of romantic and sexual relationships, pregnancy, and parenthood. Findings from this study are intended to contribute to the evidence base for the design and implementation of sexual and reproductive health programmes and policy for young people in the Philippines and other countries.

Funders/Scholarships

Nossal Global Health Scholars’ Programme
Population Health Investing in Research Students’ Training (PHIRST) Scholarship (2018)
Riady Scholarship (2018)