Date of Award

12-1-2018

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Health Education

First Advisor

Brown, Joseph

Abstract

Abstract For decades, teenage pregnancy has been a problem and a challenge in both developed and developing countries. The problem of teenage pregnancy has engendered as much analysis and policy discussion in Western industrialized societies, such as the United States, as in the less developed nations of Africa. In Ghana, teenage pregnancy is a major issue that stands in the way of education for young women. Even though teenage pregnancy is a major problem in Ghana, in the Volta region of Ghana, the problem is particularly pressing and appears to be getting worse. Ghana government and various non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have tried to curtail the problem to no avail. Currently, there is only one NGO in Ho, the regional capital of Volta Region, known as Village Exchange Ghana that is providing teenage pregnancy services and education to young women in the Ho metropolis. Since its inception in 2003, VEG program has not had an evaluation based on the perspective of its participants. In this study, the researcher conducted a qualitative exploratory study designed to gather the perspectives of teenage mothers who had participated in the teenage pregnancy education and service program offered by Village Exchange Ghana. The objective was to identify its effectiveness and impact of the program from participant’s point of view. The results were used to form recommendations for a better prevention and education program in the future.

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