Teenage Pregnancy Case Study
Pregnancy arose anxiety and confusion about her own identity. She described her feelings about herself in these words.
“Sometimes I saw myself as a loser in life and I don’t have any chances. Which means I am a mother that’s all. There is nothing I can do in life. Before I fell pregnant I had goals that when I grow up I want to do one, two and three. Every thing is ruined. I am nothing. I am just somebody from nowhere. I did not know myself at all, I mean who I am. I mean, what do I want in life.”
According to developmental theorists, adolescents are either still experimenting with different roles or are in a diffused state whereby they neither search nor commit to an identity. They have not yet achieved identity, for identity can only be achieved after a period of exploration and it is evidenced by commitment to a role (Marcia, 1980). Early pregnancy thus forces the adolescent girl to assume a maternal identity instantly without prior preparation for the