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Perceptions and Experiences of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Education among Students at Swedish for Immigrants – A qualitative study

Selander, Johanna LU (2017) MPHN40 20171
Social Medicine and Global Health
Abstract (Swedish)
Background
The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a global public health issue. Sweden has a
national strategy for prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and
migrants are one of the target groups. One strategy to prevent HIV/STI is to increase knowledge
through education on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in schools such as the
Swedish language schools for immigrants (SFI).
Aim
The aim was to understand SFI students’ in Skåne experiences and perceptions of education on
sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Method
This was a qualitative study and nine interviews were conducted with SFI students in Sweden
using qualitative content analysis to analyse the manifest and latent... (More)
Background
The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a global public health issue. Sweden has a
national strategy for prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and
migrants are one of the target groups. One strategy to prevent HIV/STI is to increase knowledge
through education on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in schools such as the
Swedish language schools for immigrants (SFI).
Aim
The aim was to understand SFI students’ in Skåne experiences and perceptions of education on
sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Method
This was a qualitative study and nine interviews were conducted with SFI students in Sweden
using qualitative content analysis to analyse the manifest and latent meaning of the data.
Results
One theme emerged from the data: Sexual and reproductive health and rights at SFI – A tool
for HIV/STI prevention, but contingent upon various factors. Categories and subcategories
supporting the theme described that SFI students recognized SRHR education as important for
HIV/STI prevention and to increase knowledge. Other sources than SFI were the main sources
of knowledge on SRHR among SFI students. Informants questioned the purpose of SRHR
education to SFI students based on experiences as being treated as having no knowledge and
that it is more important to educate young people than adults. Finally, informants preferred
gender separated groups and qualified educators in delivery of SRHR education.
Conclusions
SFI is one arena where SRHR education can be provided together with other arenas. SRHR
education at SFI is important to prevent HIV/STIs, increase knowledge, share knowledge to
others and have a SRHR vocabulary useful for daily life. Education on SRHR needs to be based
on the knowledge needs of the SFI students, and not based on teachers and educators’
assumptions and prejudice. In addition, SRHR education can be provided in gender-separated
groups with qualified educators that are competent, comfortable and respectful. (Less)
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author
Selander, Johanna LU
supervisor
organization
course
MPHN40 20171
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, SRHR, Education, Swedish for Immigrants
language
English
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8918617
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  abstract     = {Background
The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a global public health issue. Sweden has a
national strategy for prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and
migrants are one of the target groups. One strategy to prevent HIV/STI is to increase knowledge
through education on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in schools such as the
Swedish language schools for immigrants (SFI).
Aim
The aim was to understand SFI students’ in Skåne experiences and perceptions of education on
sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Method
This was a qualitative study and nine interviews were conducted with SFI students in Sweden
using qualitative content analysis to analyse the manifest and latent meaning of the data.
Results
One theme emerged from the data: Sexual and reproductive health and rights at SFI – A tool
for HIV/STI prevention, but contingent upon various factors. Categories and subcategories
supporting the theme described that SFI students recognized SRHR education as important for
HIV/STI prevention and to increase knowledge. Other sources than SFI were the main sources
of knowledge on SRHR among SFI students. Informants questioned the purpose of SRHR
education to SFI students based on experiences as being treated as having no knowledge and
that it is more important to educate young people than adults. Finally, informants preferred
gender separated groups and qualified educators in delivery of SRHR education.
Conclusions
SFI is one arena where SRHR education can be provided together with other arenas. SRHR
education at SFI is important to prevent HIV/STIs, increase knowledge, share knowledge to
others and have a SRHR vocabulary useful for daily life. Education on SRHR needs to be based
on the knowledge needs of the SFI students, and not based on teachers and educators’
assumptions and prejudice. In addition, SRHR education can be provided in gender-separated
groups with qualified educators that are competent, comfortable and respectful.},
  author       = {Selander, Johanna},
  keyword      = {Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights,SRHR,Education,Swedish for Immigrants},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Perceptions and Experiences of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Education among Students at Swedish for Immigrants – A qualitative study},
  year         = {2017},
}