Teenage fatherhood is brought about by several influences both internal and external from the person involved. This qualitative research study that used interpretative phenomenological analysis method revealed that Filipino teenage fathers became biological fathers because of internal influence that includes the adolescent risk-taking behaviors such as curiosity, adventurism, and the innate desire to explore new things. It is explicit that trying on new experiences such as life’s firsts – first crush, first courtship, first date, first love, first kiss, first sex, etc. is innate during the adolescent stage. The attempt to experience life’s firsts leads them to try risk-taking activities like engaging in sex. Unfortunately, sexual experiments can eventually lead to unplanned pregnancy for the girl and teenage fatherhood on the part of the male teenager. External influences instigating adolescent males to engage in risky sexual behaviors are peer group, family dynamics such as the parents’ marital relationship and parenting style, Filipino culture, and media influence. These external influences are inter-connected and most of the time inter-related.
Joselito Gutierrez, University of Santo Tomas, Philippines