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Exploring issues surrounding adolescent-adult communication gap in sexual and reproductive health in Ghana

Kofi Awusabo-Asare, University of Cape Coast
Augustine Tanle, University of Cape Coast

Studies reporting parent-child communication gaps about sexual and reproductive health in Africa generally highlight the views of adolescents and rarely seek the views of parents and other adults. Paper examines adolescent-adult communication gap from the perspectives of adolescents and adults in Ghana and the implications for programmes. Study, based on national representative household survey of 12-19-year olds, in-depth interviews with 102 young people and 60 adults undertaken in 2004 and 2005, uses the bio-ecological model for analysis. Role of parents and family members is declining while mass media, teachers and health care workers are emerging as trusted sources of information. It is not possible to recapture the past of relying on family members for information on sexual and reproductive health. Parents and family members as actors in the microsystem for socialization should be assisted to provide positive and reinforcing feedback for the emerging sources on adolescent sexual and reproductive health.

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Presented in Session 71: Sex education: the intersection of traditional systems