Iranian Adolescent Girls and Sexual and Reproductive Health Information and Services: A Qualitative Study

Mirzaii Nagmabadi, Khadijeh and Babazadeh, Raheleh and Shariati, Mohammad and Mousavi, Seyed Abbas (2014) Iranian Adolescent Girls and Sexual and Reproductive Health Information and Services: A Qualitative Study. The Iranian Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Infertility, 17 (92). pp. 9-18.

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Abstract

Introduction: Adolescence is the age of challenges and opportunities. Nowadays, the transition to adulthood, without adequate awareness about sexual and reproductive health information and services is much more difficult than before. The aim of this study was exploring the views and experiences of adolescent girls and key adults regarding to the necessity of providing sexual and reproductive health information and services for adolescent girls in Iran. Methods: This qualitative study was conducted during February to November 2012. Data were gathered through focus groups and semi-structured interview with 247 adolescent girls and 71 key adults include mothers, school counselors, health providers, state and non-governmental directors of health programs, health policymakers, sociologists and clergies in Shahroud, Mashhad, Tehran, and Qom cities of Iran. All interviews were recorded and transcribed. Data were coded and categorized in content-analysis by MAXQDA10. Results: The main reasons for the necessity of providing sexual and reproductive health services for adolescent girls were categorized in six categories: lack of adequate knowledge about sexual and reproductive health, easy access to inaccurate information sources, cultural and social changes, increasing risky sexual behaviors among adolescents, religion's emphasis on sex training of children and adolescents and existence of cultural taboos. Conclusion: Most of participants confirmed the necessity of providing sexual and reproductive health services for adolescent girls. Provision of these services should be a priority not only for medical concerns but also for religious, social and developmental perspectives.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WP Gynecology
WQ Obstetrics
Divisions: Journals > Iranian J Obstetrics, Gynecology and Infertility
Depositing User: ijogi ijogi
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2017 17:10
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2017 17:10
URI: http://eprints.mums.ac.ir/id/eprint/4278

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