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Session: Factors that Affect Sexual and Reproductive Health of Young People, and How to Address them
4071.0: Tuesday, November 9, 2004: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Factors that Affect Sexual and Reproductive Health of Young People, and How to Address them
Young people in developing countries face a range of serious risks as they become sexually active. Consequences of unprotected sex include unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, possibly unsafe abortions. Young women are highly susceptible to sexual coercion and violence, placing them at risk of physical and psychological harms as well. Accurate and widely available information about sexual and reproductive health (SRH) should help young people make better decisions and avoid the potential negative consequences of risk taking behaviors, but good information is often lacking in developing countries. Reproductive health services that could deliver helpful information are often not designed to meet youth needs in ways that they find acceptable. This panel looks at many different factors that influence young people’s sexual and reproductive health (SRH), including qualitative participatory research to define youth SRH needs, participatory networks to define program goals, expanded access through peer education and youth-friendly services, and gender norms. Qualitative and quantitative research provides insights on key determinants of youth sexual behavior and consequences, and the effectiveness of different program strategies to address youth SRH needs. Research findings in Peru challenge commonly held beliefs about gender norms and call for new models to address gender in youth SRH programs. Findings should improve knowledge among participants of factors driving young people’s SRH decisions in developing countries, and how best to address them.
Learning Objectives: By the end of the session, participants will: 1. improve their understanding of the sexual environment and risks faced by young people in developing countries 2. be able to describe program attributes that young people consider acceptable and appealing in SRH programs 3. describe the role of gender norms in youth SRH 4. cite new interpretations of gender differences in survey reporting on sexual activity, and their implications for programming.
Moderator(s):John S. Santelli, MD, MPH
8:30 AMAssessing youth participation through network mapping analysis
Ishmael Gbedzeha, Doris Aglobitse, Ugochi Daniels, Audrey Elster
8:42 AMDefining Mexican youth needs and demands in sexual and reproductive health: Using a participatory workshop as a research tool
Deborah L. Billings, PhD, Laura Villa Torres, BA
8:54 AMExpanding access to youth-friendly SRH services in Brazil, Ecuador and Peru  [ Recorded presentation ]
Rebecca Koladycz, MA, Amanda Claremon, MPH
9:06 AMExpanding access to reproductive health services for youth in Myanmar  [ Recorded presentation ]
Dr. Seerat Nasir, Dr. Sona Sethi, Dr. Win Win Aye
9:18 AM“Good girls are quiet”: Gender norms and adolescent reproductive health in India  [ Recorded presentation ]
Suneeta Krishnan, PhD, Diana M. Measham, MSc, (DrPH), Rohini Pande, ScD, T. Pradeep, Nancy S. Padian, PhD, Anupama Tantri, MHS
9:30 AMGender Gap in Youths' Sexual Activity: Assuming the Validity of Survey Responses
Federico R. León, PhD
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.
Organized by:Population, Family Planning, and Reproductive Health
Endorsed by:International Health; Public Health Education and Health Promotion; Public Health Nursing; School Health Education and Services; Socialist Caucus; Women's Caucus
CE Credits:CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

The 132nd Annual Meeting (November 6-10, 2004) of APHA