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Knowledge and perceptions regarding sexual and reproductive health among high school students in Kathmandu, Nepal
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Caring Science/Nursing.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5566-3421
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Caring Science/Nursing.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6910-7047
2015 (English)In: Journal of Asian Midwives, ISSN 2409-2290, Vol. 2, no 2, 21-35 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Nepal recently began teaching sexual education in the school system and has established youth friendly services in order to meet the need of increased sexual and reproductive knowledge among the youth.

Objective: To examine the sexual and reproductive knowledge and perceptions among young people attending schools in Kathmandu.

Method: A written questionnaire was distributed to 160 students, in a classroom environment, in four schools in Kathmandu.

Results: Two thirds of the females and nearly 60% of the males knew that it was possible to get sexually transmitted infection (STI) during one sexual encounter and more than half of the students knew when in the menstrual cycle conception was more likely to occur . One third of the participants did not know that it was possible to become pregnant after having intercourse once. The males demonstrated less knowledge than the females regarding every aspect of sex and reproduction, with the exception of pregnancy prevention.

Conclusion and clinical implications: For the youths in this study, it was more important to prevent unwanted pregnancies than to protect oneself from STIs. Establishment of a hotline on the internet, where personalized and confidential counselling can be offered may complement the comprehensive sexual education in schools.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 2, no 2, 21-35 p.
Keyword [en]
health promotion, young people, Nepal, sexual knowledge
National Category
Health Sciences
Research subject
Health and Welfare
URN: urn:nbn:se:du-20863OAI: diva2:898658
Available from: 2016-01-28 Created: 2016-01-28 Last updated: 2016-06-27Bibliographically approved

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