THE YOUNG AND PREGNANT
In this Educational Resource the Amathea Foundation invites to reflection and dialogue about love, sexuality and desire. Our main goal is to prevent unintended pregnancy.
We want to help young people become confident in themselves, socially and sexually. We believe this is best done by putting the topic on the agenda in the classroom, youth clubs and peer groups. This way young people can become more conscious of their own desires and boundaries, and be more responsible in the use of contraception.
Amathea Foundation is a nationwide organization that offers free counseling to young people, women and couples facing unplanned pregnancy.
Our goal is to help pregnant women find that they have a choice. Through conversations and information, the pregnant women will get the opportunity to look at the various options, so that they can make a sustainable decision for themselves.
The Foundation works preventive, such as teaching in school. We also offer contraception, free condoms and pregnancy tests.
Read more about the Foundation Amathea at www.amathea.no.
The Educational Resource “A difficult choice” has been prepared by the auspices of the Foundation Amathea and primary financed with Extra Funding from the Foundation for Health and Rehabilitation.
Objectives and applications
The material is designed to provide support and inspiration in the planning and implementation of sexual education, with particular focus on preventing unplanned pregnancy.
The material may be used by Amathea-tutors, school nurses, teachers or other professionals. It is intended to be employed in teaching during last year in high school and first year of junior college. It should also be used in youth clubs and other forums for youth.
Through conversations, we want to help young people to find their own answers in an exciting and challenging terrain. The material should open up for adolescents’ ideas about sexuality, by inviting to reflection and discussion. The goal is dialogue.
Editorial and technical consultants:
• Anne Nygård, project manager and author of workbook.
• Eva Ch. Nilsen, film producer and writer of workbook.
• Raven Lane Forest, screenwriter film.
• Solveig Melkeraaen, film director.
• Kaja Vik, illustration / graphic design of work booklet.
From Amathea Foundation:
• Hildegunn Bomnes, director.
• Målfrid Bergaplass, family therapist / counselor.
• Tove Merethe Lorentzen, nurse / supervisor.
• Mary Anita Kjøndahl, nurse / supervisor.
From Norwegian Interactive AS:
• Randulf Roald Suresnes, evaluation coordinator.
• Hildegunn Bomnes
• Guri Ingebrigtsen
• Anne Nygård
• Edvard Brygfjeld (Brygfjeld Interaktiv)
• Charlotte Andersen (Foundation Amathea)
This project was made by funding from Extra Funding from the Organization of Health and Rehabilitation.
Different ways of using
Study materials may be used in several ways. We have chosen some themes that in different ways highlight the issues surrounding unplanned pregnancy
For each topic, it is recommended one or more movie cuts, with questions and discussion. In addition, it is referred to facts and theory-bits that you may use in teaching. The film cuts are available in the DVD menu.
The Educational Resources are made to contribute to inspiration and support, and must therefore be adapted to the individual supervisor and to the appropriate audience.
Practical use of teaching aids
The Educational Resource
• The film “A difficult choice” – may be viewed in its entirety, or downloaded and displayed chapter by chapter, as in Chapter 1 – “Pregnant?”
• Extra Material – young people from the north of Norway answers questions
• Work Booklet for supervisor – as a PDF
Most pages in the booklet have been prepared so that they are suitable for copying and distribution. The web resource is based on the booklet and the information in it, but with a slightly different structure and continuous updating.
Questions for reflection and discussion are highlighted like this:
The web resource is built up in the same way as the work booklet. The web resource also has simple functions for use in self-study, and more reflection exercises for use in groups / classes. The web resource might be used as a fabric as a whole, by starting at the top and going through each chapter in chronological order. Use the continue link at the bottom of each chapter page. Or you may select certain chapters that you want to focus more on.
Many who go through an abortion do not talk about it. Sexuality and unplanned pregnancy are often sensitive and taboo topics. When these issues are on the agenda, it is important that the individual supervisor helps create a sense of security and openness that allows young people to get involved and dare to share thoughts and feelings with each other.
You may use different methodological approaches, such as:
Ask open questions
Immediate reaction to the film, for example:
– What associations pop up when you hear the words unplanned pregnancy?
Please write the words on the flipchart.
In pairs, sharing thoughts with each other (keywords / mind map).
The girls and boys receive assignments and discuss separately.
Young people are given the task to get the facts on the web. They can work in groups and present the facts. Subjects might be abortion rate, abortion laws, contraception, sexual initiation, and different cultural perspective in terms of sexuality and abortion.
Young people tell about situations where they have been uncertain about how to act.
These examples are summarized, often on the flipchart / whiteboard, and a couple of situations are selected to be acted out in the scene. Young people get roles to play and improvise based on the specific situation. After a while, the performance stop, and the supervisor is asking if there is someone who can propose other ways to handle the situation. These may either present this from where they are sitting, or they are invited to come forward and take over the “scene”. This can be repeated. In this way young people observe several ways to handle difficult situations, and can thereby extend its own action repertoire.
Instead of talking about themselves, they encouraged young people to speak about something they have heard, what they think others think, etc. This makes the debate less personal and “dangerous”. The film and extra material also provides a good starting point for talking about “others”. Whatever method one chooses, it is important not to push the young. They need to feel respected for the opinions they have. It must also be allowed not to share.
We start with a lesson of two hours:
- Introduction to the topic.
- Run the film.
- Immediate reactions and thoughts after the movie.
- Select a few areas of specialization – run film clips, which belong to the respective special areas and use them as a starting point for discussion, group, scene setting / role-playing or individual reflection.
It is a great advantage if the supervisor have follow-up-lesions after 1-2 months.
This is topics that need time to sink in and it is important to spend time.
A brief description of the content in the film “A difficult choice”
In the beginning of the film we meet the protagonist Thea. She is 15 years old and afraid that she is pregnant. She takes a pregnancy test. It is positive.
She tries to talk to her mother, but is not able to open up to her. Thea tells her friend about the situation, and she is shocked. They talk about the possibility of both abortion and to complete the pregnancy. Through an SMS, Thea informs Frederick (15), who is the father of the child, about what has happened. Fredrik share the news with their friend Kamran. Kamran is surprised. He takes for granted that Frederick and Thea will keep the child. In the last part of the film Thea and Fredrik meet in a park. They share thoughts and feelings with each other but make no decision on what to do. Fredrik is upset that he has no voice when it comes to deciding about an abortion or to complete the pregnancy. The film ends without there being any conclusion.
The film lasts about 17 minutes.