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Sexual Knowledge and Attitudes of Adolescents in Samoa

Seniloli, Kesaia L. (2002) Sexual Knowledge and Attitudes of Adolescents in Samoa. UNFPA Research Papers in Population and Reproductive Health in the Pacific (2). United Nations Population Fund: Populations Studies Programme, School of Social and Economic Development, University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji, pp. 1-55. ISBN 9825200030, 9789825200031

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Abstract

Data on adolescents' sexuality and reproductive health are seriously lacking in countries of the South Pacific. The status of adolescents' sexual and fertility is neither well-documented nor summarized. Statics available are mostly incomplete and in some instances inconsistent. Data are needed for the development of appropriate and effective program to address the health issues of adolescents in Samoa. Health policy makers, program managers, policy makers and service providers need relevant data to enable them to make informed decisions and direct their efforts towards meeting adolescent needs and corresponding demand for need-based interventions. The respondents comprised males, 13-19years and females 15-49 years who were selected through a multistage sampling procedure. This study was conducted to help establish an empirical base that will include basic population parameters and to collect information on adolescent attitudes and behavior relating to sexuality, fertility and family formation. It is hoped that this will guide awareness creating activities at the national and community levels and to highlight gaps in our knowledge as a basis for further research and Information Education and Communication (IEC) interventions. The study has thrown light on the very low level of knowledge on reproduction, especially female reproduction, contraceptive knowledge and sexually transmitted infections.This report is proof of the urgent need for all sections of the community to work together to educate young people on reproductive health. This not only the responsibility of the Ministry of Health and Education.I is also the responsibility of each church and village community. Most obviously - though many will need considerable help to overcome inhibitions - it is the responsibility and the duty of Samoan parents to prepare their children in these, as in all other ways, to assist responsible adolescents to grow into responsible adults. Learning to break down the barriers standing in the way of meaningful inter-generational dialogue of sexual issues is a major task confronting modern Samoa.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > School of Economics
Depositing User: Kesaia Seniloli
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2016 11:47
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2016 11:47
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/8726
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