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Knowledge of personal and sexual development amongst young people in Pakistan

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Pakistan has one of the largest cohorts of young people in its history, yet research on their circumstances and needs is still relatively new. In this study, twenty four focus group discussions were conducted to explore young peoples' experiences of gaining knowledge of personal and sexual development. Young women typically gained information from a limited number of sources within the home, while young men accessed a wide variety of information sources outside the home. Gaining information was frequently event-based, whereby specific events (i.e. puberty, marriage) trigger information provision to young people, however often too late to be educative. Overall, young people were critical of the quality of information they received, which often led to confusion and stress in understanding sexual development. Findings highlight a gap in formal systems of information provision. Although young people highlighted the merits of school-based information delivery, low school attendance and high drop-out rates amongst girls mean that alternative mechanisms of reaching young Pakistani women need to be identified.

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Hennink, Monique, Rana, Imran and Iqbal, Robina (2005) Knowledge of personal and sexual development amongst young people in Pakistan Culture, Health and Sexuality, 7, (4), pp. 319-332. (doi:10.1080/13691050500035367).

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Published date: 2005
Keywords: young people, pakistan, sexual development, sex education, information delivery

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Local EPrints ID: 34725
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/34725
PURE UUID: 19897808-184e-4d60-80ef-87c2c46580e6

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Date deposited: 16 May 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:49

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Author: Monique Hennink
Author: Imran Rana
Author: Robina Iqbal

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