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Trend analysis of the effect of teaching sexual and reporductive health in junior high schools in Northern Ghana

Trend analysis of the effect of teaching sexual and reporductive health in junior high schools in Northern Ghana

A baseline survey and two subsequent surveys were conducted on 1109 pupils from intervention and 1004 pupils from non-intervention schools, on their level of knowledge, attitudes and behaviour on SRH. Pupils were between the ages of 11-16 years at baseline and 14-19 years in the third year. Knowledge on possibility of pregnancy occurring at first sex increased by 34.2% among pupils in intervention schools, while those in the non-intervention schools, knowledge increased by 11.4%. This change was significant. Perception of risk of HIV/AIDS increased by 4% among pupils in intervention schools but dropped by 5.8% among those in non-intervention schools, this change was significant. On behaviour change, condom use among sexually active pupils increased by 12.2% in intervention schools and by 14.1% in non-interventions schools by the third year.
The findings reveal that classroom teaching of SRH leads to increase knowledge and contributes to positive attitudes. However, more time is needed to translate this into positive behaviour change.

References: Lloyd, Cynthia B. Schooling and adolescent reproductive behaviour in developing countries. 2005. The Population Council. U.S.A

Conference: WAS Goteberg 2009
Areas of Interest / Categories: WAS 2009

WAS 2009

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