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SAPIEN-LOPEZ, José Salvador  and  MANJARREZ-HERNANDEZ, Estefany Berenice. Origin of early pregnancy in Mexican adolescents: contexts, meanings and experiences. Pap. poblac [online]. 2021, vol.27, n.109, pp.59-90.  Epub Mar 28, 2022. ISSN 2448-7147.

The causes and consequences of teenage pregnancy have been addressed, but not its psycosocial origin. We intend to analyze its gradual genesis. The research was qualitative. Seven women from Mexico City, and the conurbation area, who experienced a pregnancy when they were 14 or 15 years old, were interviewed. Categories were made to classify the information. The pregnancy was preceded by: progressively increased intimate body contact courtships; menarche; parental authorization; male reluctance and female connivance to use condom after sexual debut; inaccessible contraceptive methods due to being a minor; weak resistance to male incitement during courtship, erotic contact, and intercourse; bidirectional pregnancy-marriage relationship; and a sequence (unprotected sex - inadverted fertilization - pregnancy symptoms - pregnancy uncertainty - reliable pregnancy tests - pregnancy certittude - abortion rejection). Early pregnancy occurred after a sequence of events within the life trajectory, under unequal gender norms on sexuality, reproduction, and conjugal union.

Keywords : Pregnancy; Mexican adolescents; contexts; meanings; experiences.

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