The national study on reproductive health and sexuality of adolescents in Malaysia 1994/1995

Malaysia, National Population and Family Development Board (1994) The national study on reproductive health and sexuality of adolescents in Malaysia 1994/1995. [Research Report]

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Background:The National Study on Reproductive Health and Sexuality of Adolescents in Malaysia was initiated with the aim of formulating a National Programme on Reproductive Health for Adolescents. Adolescents in the age group 10-19 years are the country's key human resource in its long term strategic plan to achieve developed nation status by the year 2020, or "Vision 2020". The World Health Organisation has stressed that the major problem of adolescent reproductive health is the correlated high rate of morbidity and mortality associated with pregnancy and childbirth in pubescent girls. Normally, babies born to these young mothers are under weight, unhealthy and slow in their development and growth. The Malaysian government has shown growing concern over the knowledge, attitude and behaviour of adolescents with regard to their sexual and reproductive health especially in the wake of the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The increasing incidence of unwanted pregnancies, abortions, abandoned babies, drug abuse and teenagers leaving home prematurely have become priority issues among parents and teachers, as well as government authorities. However, there is a lack of national level data on the knowledge, attitude and behaviour with regard to sexual and reproductive health of unmarried adolescents. This study is an attempt in answering this need by providing data which will serve as a national benchmark. It serves as a timely input towards the formulation of a Plan of Action encompassing policies and programmes for the promotion and maintenance of optimal reproductive health among Malaysian adolescents. The specific objectives of the study are: i. to establish the status of the knowledge, attitude and practice of adolescents with regard to sexual and reproductive health, ii. to identify the constraints that adolescents face in seeking information and service relating to sexual and reproductive health, iii. to obtain the participation of adolescents in the design and implementation of programmes and activities for their own welfare. The single most expected outcome of the Study on Reproductive Health and Sexuality of Adolescents in Malaysia is a Cabinet memorandum which will propose appropriate policy and programme changes for the promotion and maintenance of optimal reproductive health among Malaysian adolescents geared towards the year 2020. This Memorandum will serve as a vital national reference and benchmark for evaluating future trends and patterns. It will be the basis for the reorientation of values, attitudes and approaches for the management of sexuality and reproductive health of adolescents in the country.

Item Type: Research Report
Additional Information: This study which is a joint project of the National Population and Family Development Board (NPFDB), the Federation of Family Planning Associations and the Ministry of Health.
Keywords: reproductive health, knowledge on contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, adolescent, Malaysia
Subjects: 600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
Division/Agency/State: LPPKN - National Population and Family Development Board, Malaysia > Division of Population
Deposited By: Mrs Nor Azaian Abdullah
Deposited On: 24 Oct 2012 07:58
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2013 06:13
URI: http://familyrepository.lppkn.gov.my/id/eprint/200

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