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Iranian adolescent girls' barriers in accessing sexual and reproductive health information and services: A qualitative study

Shariati, M. and Babazadeh, R. and Mousavi, S.A. and Najmabadi, K.M. (2014) Iranian adolescent girls' barriers in accessing sexual and reproductive health information and services: A qualitative study. Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, 40 (4). pp. 270-275.

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Introduction: Adolescence is a critical period of transition from childhood to adulthood. In today's world, to pass through this period successfully it is necessary to have adequate information and knowledge about sexual and reproductive health (SRH) issues. In Iran, it is crucial that special attention be paid to reproductive health services for adolescents, especially for girls. Purpose: This study aimed to explore the views and experiences of adolescent girls and key adults around the barriers to access of Iranian adolescent girls to SRH information and services. Methods: In this qualitative study, data were gathered through focus groups and semi-structured interviews with 247 adolescent girls and 71 key adults including mothers, teachers, health providers, governmental, nongovernmental and international managers of health programmes, health policymakers, sociologists and clergy in four Iranian cities. Data were coded and categorised using content analysis by MAXQDA10. Results: The main barriers identified were classified in four categories: (1) social and cultural barriers such as taboos; (2) structural and administrative barriers such as inappropriate structure of the health system; (3) political barriers such as lack of an adopted strategy by the government and (4) non-use of religious potential. Conclusions: Adolescent SRH in Iran should be firmly established as a priority for government leaders and policymakers. They should try to provide those services that are consistent with the community's cultural and religious values for adolescent girls.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: access to information; adolescent; adult; Article; clergy; content analysis; cultural factor; female; government; health care; health care access; health care organization; health care personnel; health care policy; health care utilization; health program; health service; human; information processing; information seeking; male; manager; medical information; mother; personal experience; public health service; qualitative research; religion; reproductive health; semi structured interview; sexual education; sexual health; social aspect; sociologist; taboo; adolescent behavior; attitude to health; education; health care delivery; health service; Iran; middle aged; organization and management; parent; psychology; reproductive health; sexual behavior; socioeconomics; young adult, Adolescent; Adolescent Behavior; Adult; Clergy; Female; Focus Groups; Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice; Health Personnel; Health Services Accessibility; Humans; Iran; Middle Aged; Parents; Qualitative Research; Reproductive Health; Reproductive Health Services; Sexual Behavior; Socioeconomic Factors; Young Adult
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Divisions: معاونت تحقیقات و فناوری
Depositing User: GOUMS
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2017 05:58
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2017 05:58
URI: http://eprints.goums.ac.ir/id/eprint/9386

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