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Vulnerability and sexual and reproductive health among Zambian secondary school students

Warenius, Linnea; Odberg Pettersson, Karen LU ; Nissen, Eva; Höjer, Bengt; Chishimba, Petronella and Faxelid, Elisabeth (2007) In Culture, Health and Sexuality 9(5). p.533-544
Abstract
The present study aimed to explore secondary school students' needs in relation to sexual and reproductive health in order to inform efforts to improve the quality of health services available to young people. The study involved data collection from 716 11-22-year-old students in four secondary schools in an urban area in Zambia. Students completed a questionnaire and were invited to write down any inquiries they had regarding sexuality and reproduction. Findings revealed that boys and girls lack adequate information about human reproduction and STIs, including HIV. To avoid misconceptions and myths, they also need clear information on contraceptives and masturbation. Responses indicate that young people would welcome guidance and support... (More)
The present study aimed to explore secondary school students' needs in relation to sexual and reproductive health in order to inform efforts to improve the quality of health services available to young people. The study involved data collection from 716 11-22-year-old students in four secondary schools in an urban area in Zambia. Students completed a questionnaire and were invited to write down any inquiries they had regarding sexuality and reproduction. Findings revealed that boys and girls lack adequate information about human reproduction and STIs, including HIV. To avoid misconceptions and myths, they also need clear information on contraceptives and masturbation. Responses indicate that young people would welcome guidance and support related to contraception, pregnancy, abortion and STIs/HIV, but also on love and relationships. Culture, religion and gender are important factors influencing sexuality and sexual abuse. These issues need to be taken into consideration when developing youth-friendly programmes for young people. (Less)
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religion, Zambia, culture, young people, sexual and reproductive health
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Culture, Health and Sexuality
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9
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533 - 544
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Taylor & Francis
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1464-5351
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10.1080/13691050601106679
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  author       = {Warenius, Linnea and Odberg Pettersson, Karen and Nissen, Eva and Höjer, Bengt and Chishimba, Petronella and Faxelid, Elisabeth},
  issn         = {1464-5351},
  keyword      = {religion,Zambia,culture,young people,sexual and reproductive health},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {5},
  pages        = {533--544},
  publisher    = {Taylor & Francis},
  series       = {Culture, Health and Sexuality},
  title        = {Vulnerability and sexual and reproductive health among Zambian secondary school students},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13691050601106679},
  volume       = {9},
  year         = {2007},
}