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Abstract

The study examined the vulnerability of teenage girls to pregnancy in Ibarapa Central local government area of Oyo state, Nigeria. Simple random sampling was used to select 140 teenage girls for the study. Both qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection were used to elicit information from the respondents. While Interview Schedule was used to collect quantitative data, Focus Group Discussion Guide and In-depth Interview was used to gather qualitative data. Data were analysed using a descriptive method of analysis. Analysis of the data obtained showed that the average age of teenage girls in the study area was 15 years; the majority were Yoruba ethnic group (96.7%), lived with their relatives (77.5%) reside in multi-unit flats (62.2%) and had a primary education (76.1%). Results obtained from Focus Group Discussion and In-depth Interviews revealed causes of teenage pregnancy in the study area as: poor parental care, poverty, single parenting, peer-group, disciplinary actions from parents, the advent of technology and civilization. The study, therefore, recommends the need for enlightenment programmes on sex education by government agencies and non-governmental organizations for teenagers, parents as well as the general community.

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Stella O. Odebode and Oluyinka A. Kolapo, Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

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