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Assessing knowledge, exploring needs: a reproductive health survey of adolescents and young adults in Pakistan.
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PMID:  16854688     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
RATIONALE & OBJECTIVE: The sexual and reproductive health (SRH) needs of adolescents have increased over the last few years, but are largely unmet. Lack of involvement of youth in the programs and limitations of the mass media in a conservative milieu are some of the issues. Our objectives were to assess the baseline SRH knowledge and to suggest interventions based on needs with regard to SRH promotion, so that the level of existing services could be upgraded. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was conducted in 20 villages of Lahore, in which 400 adolescents and young adults were interviewed using a semi-structured questionnaire. Respondents were equally divided in gender in all villages, using stratified random sampling. RESULTS: Adolescents and young adults do have some knowledge of SRH issues. Males are relatively more knowledgeable than females about puberty (M = 68%; F = 58%), pregnancy (M = 55%; F = 43%), family planning (M = 62%; F = 50%) and sexually transmitted infections (M = 56%; F = 44%). Yet, a large majority needs clarification on their concepts and perceptions. They believe that having sound SRH knowledge will promote mother & child health and family health. CONCLUSION: Peers, media and a family doctor could be the acceptable source of information on SRH. Life skills programs to increase unmarried girls' cognitive skills and young men's involvement in such programs is a must. Involving families and communities will enhance the effectiveness of youth programs.
Babar Tasneem Shaikh; Syed Tariq Rahim
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The European journal of contraception & reproductive health care : the official journal of the European Society of Contraception     Volume:  11     ISSN:  1362-5187     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Contracept Reprod Health Care     Publication Date:  2006 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-07-20     Completed Date:  2006-12-07     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9712127     Medline TA:  Eur J Contracept Reprod Health Care     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  132-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Health Systems Division, Department of Community Health Sciences, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan.
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MeSH Terms
Chi-Square Distribution
Cross-Sectional Studies
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Health Services Needs and Demand*
Rural Population

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