Exploring Ambivalence Toward Pregnancy Among Young Inuit Women

Exploring Ambivalence Toward Pregnancy Among Young Inuit Women

Exploring Ambivalence Toward Pregnancy Among Young Inuit Women

Exploring Ambivalence Toward Pregnancy Among Young Inuit Womens

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Référence bibliographique [22117]

Moisan, Caroline, Bélanger, Richard, Calvin, Jeannie, Shipaluk, Linda, Fraser, Sarah, Morin, Véronique et Muckle, Gina. 2023. «Exploring Ambivalence Toward Pregnancy Among Young Inuit Women ». Culture, Health & Sexuality, vol. 25, no 1, p. 94-109.

Fiche synthèse

1. Objectifs

Intentions :
«[T]his exploratory study aimed to explore ambivalence toward pregnancy, among other pregnancy-related attitudes, and examine the social and cultural factors that might influence this attitude among young Inuit women in Nunavik, Quebec. The objective was to provide insights into current high rates of early pregnancy.» (p. 96-97)

2. Méthode

Échantillon/Matériau :
«This study is nested in Qanuilirpitaa? 2017, the Nunavik Inuit Health Survey (NHS), which was conducted during autumn of 2017 in the 14 communities of Nunavik, a region of Québec (Canada) located north of the 55th parallel. A total of 1,326 Inuit aged 16 years and older participated in the survey, approximately 11% of the inhabitants of Nunavik (Hamel, Hamel, and Gagnon 2020). Of this total, 172 were women aged 16 to 20 years. Fifteen of these women had become pregnant during the preceding year and agreed to participate in this study.» (p. 97)

Instruments :
Guide d’entretien semi-directif

Type de traitement des données :
Analyse de contenu

3. Résumé

The results of this study show that, «[o]verall, participants perceived more advantages than disadvantages to their pregnancy. Nunavik Inuit culture seems to provide a positive global message regarding pregnancy, making advantages potentially more salient to adolescents. The image of pregnancy shared by participants was globally positive, though they were also conscious of a few challenges.» (p. 104) «One advantage of pregnancy during adolescence seems to be specific to Nunavik: namely, enhanced access to housing, which has been identified as a social determinant of Inuit health (ITK 2014). […] Although participants did not speak of intentionally becoming pregnant for housing, four participants suggested that having a child might facilitate housing access.» (p. 104-105) Also, «[t]he specificity of Inuit culture was particularly reflected in the theme ''value of childbearing/motherhood.'' This theme links to the perceived advantages of pregnancy—namely, the higher level of social support. However, according to [the] Inuit co-authors, high levels of social support during pregnancy often fade over time.» (p. 105)