Title page for ETD etd-11192007-145430

Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Nemutanzhela, Thikhathali Sydney
Email thikhathali@yahoo.com
URN etd-11192007-145430
Document Title Traumatic experience of teenage pregnancies by married men: A challenge to pastoral care
Degree MA (Practical Theology)
Department Practical Theology
Advisor Name Title
Prof M J Masango
  • pastoral care
  • teenage pregnancies
Date 2006-08-01
Availability unrestricted
Teenage pregnancies by married men are challenges and serious problems that are affecting Vhurivhuri, and other areas within the Vhembe district.

The aim of this research is to add value towards a way of unfolding impacts regarding teenage pregnancies by married men, especially of those teenagers who are impregnated by married men who end up dampening them with the responsibility of raising their children alone. Another issue which this research study is focusing on is the issue of betrayal that these traumatised teenagers undergoes when married men who impregnated them refuses the responsibilities of caring for the child, and to the extend of no longer fulfilling their promises of marriage.

This research study is focused on the traumatic experiences that these teenagers goes through as they continue with their lives, their studies happen to be affected as some of them discontinues their studies. This research study explored a model of pastoral care in which the affected teenagers have to be helped to acquire healing after trauma counselling by the pastoral care givers who are empowered through this research. A model which has been employed in this research includes the one of the shepherding method of Charles Gerkin and of Adams which is on pastoral care as shepherding of flocks which belonging to God. The word of God has been used to explore where the author wanted to show His love towards his people even when they are under difficult circumstances.

This problem not only affects teenagers but their faithful wives who are married to these unfaithful men. By addressing this issue of teenage pregnancies by married men and associate it with HIV/AIDS, one solution will lead to the other. At the end of this research study, these are concluding which will lead to recommendation that readers have to take note of.

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