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dc.contributor.advisorNaidoo, Joanne K.
dc.creatorDingi, Keineetse.
dc.date.accessioned2010-08-18T13:34:59Z
dc.date.available2010-08-18T13:34:59Z
dc.date.created2009
dc.date.issued2009
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10413/264
dc.descriptionThesis (M.N.)-University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, 2009.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe study aimed to explore adolescents knowledge, perceptions and behaviors regarding sexual reproduction and sexual reproductive health services in community junior school in Tutume Botswana. A descriptive exploratory design using both the qualitative and quantitative approach was used to guide the research process. Data was collected by means of a self administered questionnaire and two focus group discussions. A total of 76 participants answered the questionnaire and 2 focus group discussions one consisting of the 15 to 17 year olds and the other one consisting of 12 to 15 year olds were conducted. The results of the survey highlighted adequate levels of knowledge regarding sexual matters among adolescents in the school with the bulk of the information being provided by the teacher. Parents, nurses, siblings, peers and the media played a low key role in providing adolescents with information regarding sexual reproduction and sexual reproductive health services. The results of the focus group discussion showed marked underutilization of the local clinic for curative, preventive and promotive services by adolescents. The poor utilization resulting mainly from perceived barriers such as provider attitudes, subjective norms, cultural taboos, inadequacy of the clinic, judgmental attitudes from provider and parents as well as lack of encouragement from authority figures like parents and teachers. Adolescents in the focus group discussion perceive themselves as being susceptible to HIV but did not appreciate the benefits of using preventive measures even though the survey group showed sound knowledge on contraception. Improving the services to align them to adolescent friendly services, improving the delivery of information through other means apart from the teacher and reducing the barriers that discourage adolescents from reaching the reproductive health services will go a long way in improving the utilization of the services by adolescents.en
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectTeenagers--Sexual behaviour--Botswana.en_US
dc.subjectTeenagers--Botswana--Attitudes.en_US
dc.subjectReproductive health services.en_US
dc.subjectTheses--Nursing.en_US
dc.titleAn exploration of adolescents knowledge, perceptions and behaviors regarding sexual reproduction and sexual reproductive health services in Botswana.en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US


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