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Perspectives on adolescent girls' health-seeking behaviour in relation to sexual and reproductive health in Nepal.

Journal article
Authors Magdalena Mattebo
Malin Upper Bogren
Nadja Brunner
Alma Dolk
Christina Pedersen
Kerstin Erlandsson
Published in Sexual & reproductive healthcare : official journal of the Swedish Association of Midwives
Volume 20
Pages 7-12
ISSN 1877-5764
Publication year 2019
Published at Institute of Health and Care Sciences
Pages 7-12
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.srhc.2019.01.0...
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.f...
Keywords Sexual rights Sexual health Reproductive health Adolescent girls Content analysis
Subject categories Health Sciences

Abstract

To explore health care providers' perspectives on adolescent girls' health-seeking behaviour in Nepal in relation to their sexual and reproductive health and rights. Twenty health-care providers were included in this interview study. Ethical approval was obtained from the Nepal Health Research Council.The main category 'Barriers affect adolescent girls' health-seeking behaviour in relation to their sexual and reproductive health' was divided into five categories: a conservative society with social stigma; lack of information, education and knowledge; lack of facilities and respectful care; insufficient confidentiality and privacy; and unmet needs of adolescent-friendly facilities.Lack of knowledge among adolescent girls and unmet needs of adolescent-friendly facilities affect their access to sexual and reproductive health care in Nepal. Lack of knowledge could be seen as a barrier, and as a reason why adolescent girls do not seek sexual and reproductive health care.

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