Objective: Determine the profile and attitudes on teenage pregnancy and parenthood of young men who fathered children of adolescent mothers in Cavite
Design: Cross-sectional Descriptive Study
Setting: Urban community in Cavite
Participants: Total enumeration of Young men age 15 to 24 years who fathered at least one child to an adolescent mother
Outcome Measures: Focus group discussion, Self-administered questionnaires
Results: The age at first sexual contact and the age at the birth of their child among young fathers in this study were similar to findings among young males in the country. Education, employment, smoking, alcohol and drug use were also similar. Adolescent females are not necessarily pushed to marry the father of their child and are even allowed to live together with them. Familial problems, lack of parental guidance, peer pressure and failure to discuss sexuality within families are perceived precursors to premarital sex and even teenage pregnancy. Economic problems and failure to complete school are perceived risks to both the adolescent mother and young fathers.
Conclusion: The profile of a young father of child born to an adolescent mother therefore is characterized as: older than the adolescent mother, experienced premarital sex before age 18, Roman Catholic, at least a highschool graduate, has history of smoking and alcohol beverage use, unemployed, cohabitates but is not married to the adolescent mother, has inadequate knowledge on methods to prevent pregnancy and is willing to participate in a program for them.
Keywords: young fathers, teenage pregnancy, adolescent fathers