A qualitative study on how adolescent males in South India view reproductive health

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Abstract

In India it is taboo to discuss sexual and reproductive health (RH) issues, especially with adolescent boys. Minimal research has been done in India to address the adolescent mindset of boys. Our aim was to study the unaddressed issues among boys and to highlight their perspectives regarding RH. A qualitative study design-using focus group discussions (FGD) in a rural-urban setting in South India was conducted. A convenient sample of 60 boys aged 16-19 years participated in six FGD and 10 boys had participated in in-depth interviews. The study revealed that a cordial environment both at home and school were primary needs. Peer pressure and media instigated adolescents to get involved in risky behaviour and substance use. "Pornography", "wrong myths about RH", "substance use", and "sexual attractions" were the primary unaddressed issues of boys. Participants had poor awareness about RH services. RH services are inadequate and proper infrastructure is required for providing these services to adolescent boys.

Original languageEnglish
Article number20150127
JournalInternational Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
Volume30
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23-02-2018

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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