THE LIVED EXPERIENCES OF PREGNANT TWIN STUDENTS: A CASE STUDY
The purpose of this qualitative case study was to explore the lived experiences of pregnant twin students in a certain public secondary school in Davao City, Philippines. Using purposive sampling technique, the study focused on the two informants who are identical twins and both in 10th Grade. In-depth interview, observations, and field notes were utilized in analysis of data. Narratives were carefully transcribed, translated, and underwent thematic analysis to generate essential themes. Results disclosed that pregnant twin students experienced the use of contraceptives, physical and emotional distress, anxiety about the future, shame and humiliation, changes and prohibitions, the use of contraceptives, love and support of significant others. Also, pregnant students tried to cope with the situation by means of apathy, tenacity and turning to support systems. Along with the realizations of pregnant twins, the study underscored that regrets and remorse are always in the end, early pregnancy is a momentary setback, teenage girls should know better about life, love and sex, and that love and acceptance prevail in the end. The study encouraged future researchers to conduct teenage pregnancy among twin students in secondary schools where the participants may be escalated into bigger number to generate substantive patterns, similarities, and differences.
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