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5th Edition of Nursing World Conference

October 18-20, 2021 | Orlando, USA

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5th Edition | 25 Sessions | 150+ Speakers
October 18-20, 2021 | Orlando, USA

Botshelo Rachel Sebola

Speaker at Nursing world conferences- Botshelo Rachel Sebola
Botshelo Rachel Sebola
University of South Africa, South Africa
Title : A model of self-forgiveness for women who terminated pregnancy in adolescence


Termination of pregnancy amongst adolescents has been linked to several physical and and psychological problems. Adolescents represent a population vulnerable to numerous physical and psychological problems. Some researchers have concluded that adolescent women, having undergone termination of pregnancy (TOP), experience severe guilt and shame, that become the overarching psychological problems. The purpose of this study was to develop a model of self-forgiveness for women who terminated pregnancy. The objectives of the study were aligned into three phases as: Phase 1: Desk review; Phase 2: Lived experiences of adolescents about TOP and Phase 3: Development of a model of Self-forgiveness for women who terminated pregnancy in adolescence. A qualitative approach based on Heidegger’s (1962) interpretive phenomenology guided the study. Purposive and snowball sampling tecniques were used to recruit thirty (30) participants who terminated pregnancy in adolescence. The study was conducted at a Health Care Centre in Gauteng Province, South Africa. Interviews were audiotaped. The major findings of the study was that adolescents experience severe guilt and shame and these are manifested as self-condemnation and self-blame. Culture, religion and reproductive coercion were the major contributing factors. A model of self-forgiveness, based on the the findings, was developed. Inclusion of a self-forgiveness module in the curriculum for basic training of student nurses was recommended. Such knowledge would enhance counseling techniques, emotional and professional maturity of nurses. It would also be beneficial to replicate this study in more ethnically diverse populations.


Doctor Botshelo Rachel Sebola has completed her Diploma in General Nursing, BA (Cur), BA (Cur) Honours, MA (Cur) Cum Laude and D Litt et Phil from the University of South Africa, and is presently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of South Africa, South Africa. She was a senior lecturer at SG Lourens Nursing College, lecturing in Social Sciences and Anatomy and Physiology. She has served in the Tshwane Research Committee as a reviewer of research proposals, on behalf of the National Department of Health, South Africa and also in the Research committee of the college. Her research interest is in adolescent health, specifically termination of pregnancy and its health implications.