The Sexual and Reproductive Health of Younger Adolescents: Research Issues in Developing Countries: Background Paper for a Consultation. Dixon-Mueller R. (2011)

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This paper reviews quantitative and qualitative evidence on adolescents’ sexual and reproductive health from a number of developing countries and, where possible, highlights findings for boys and girls aged under 15 years in those studies where findings are disaggregated by age and sex (which is not always the case). The evidence is sporadic, however, and is by no means representative of all developing countries. The review is organized around six interwoven processes that mark girls’ and boys’ passage through adolescence, with an emphasis on the early years.


Keywords: reproductive health services, sexual behavior, sexuality, sexually transmitted diseases - prevention and control, adolescent, developing countries

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