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JIMENEZ-GONZALEZ, Alberto; GRANADOS-COSME, José Arturo  and  ROSALES-FLORES, Roselia Arminda. Adolescense pregnancy in a marginalized rural community in Mexico. Salud pública Méx [online]. 2017, vol.59, n.1, pp.11-18. ISSN 0036-3634.


To identify objective and subjective conditions in the lives of pregnant teens within a highly-marginalized community in the state of Puebla, Mexico.

Materials and methods:

Objective and subjective conditions of pregnant teens were evaluated through a mixed methodology (surveys, observation guides and a structured interview guide).


The main family characteristic is the absence of a father due to migration, no desire to study or work and the new meaning of pregnancy: the initial social stigma for engaging in a sexual activity and then, the stigma for being a young mother.


Objective conditions show family disintegration, lack of access to education at the community, high school and college level as well as unemployment as processes linked to teen pregnancy; thus, making it practically impossible to develop life goals. Subjective conditions center around the reproduction of gender stereotypes related to maternity.

Keywords : gender; pregnancy; masculinity; adolescence; Mexico.

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