• adolescence;
  • pregnancy;
  • contraception;
  • parental attitudes;
  • education;
  • health and development;
  • Nigeria

The viewpoint of parents on reproductive health, specifically their attitude towards contraceptive use among sexually active adolescent daughters and general opinion on adolescent pregnancy, was examined. A sample survey of parents of pregnant adolescents in Port Harcourt was conducted. A greater proportion (79·1%) of parents did not favour the use of contraceptives by sexually active adolescents because according to their parents, contraception kills. Also, most (87·8%) parents did not usually discuss sexual matters with their adolescent girls. However, the majority (93·2%) of parents would want a sex education programme in schools in order to prevent unwanted pregnancy.