Knowledge of sexual health issues among unmarried young people in Nepal

Stone, Nicole, Ingham, Roger and Simkhada, Padam (2003) Knowledge of sexual health issues among unmarried young people in Nepal. Asia-Pacific Population Journal, 18, (2), 33-54.


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Evidence from other country settings shows that sex education delivered in school can make a positive contribution to children and young people’s knowledge and personal and social development, helping to prevent negative health outcomes such as unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections. Using data collected from a survey of over 1,000 students from six secondary schools in Nepal, this paper explores young people’s knowledge of sexual health issues and sources of information.

The data show that detailed knowledge regarding many sexual health issues is low among both young men and women, although exposure to visual media messages and access to informative sources of literature can have a positive impact. Schools appear to play an important role in informing young people about sexual health matters; however, further curriculum and teacher training material development is required with a shift away from superficial biological coverage towards a more inclusive programme.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0259-238X (print)
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Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Psychology > Division of Human Wellbeing
ePrint ID: 52568
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
June 2003Published
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:30

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