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Towards Adulthood: Exploring the Sexual and Reproductive Health of Adolescents in South Asia
WHO, Geneva, 2003, 242 pp
92 4 156250 1
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"Provides a comprehensive overview of the socio-demographic and sexual and reproductive health situation of adolescents in South Asia, including available evidence about the health risks and challenges that young people face in South Asian countries. The chapters in this volume are detailed summaries of papers and panel discussions from an international conference entitled "Adolescent Reproductive Health: Evidence and Programme Implications for South Asia", held in November 2000 in Mumbai, India. The volume covers a wide range of issues, including: factors that undermine adolescents' ability to make informed sexual and reproductive choices; the social context and health consequences of early marriage and childbearing; the sexual behaviour and attitudes of adolescents before marriage; sexual coercion against young people; the extent to which adolescents take measures to protect themselves from unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs); abortion among married and unmarried adolescents; the physiological, behavioural and social risk factors surrounding STIs/HIV among adolescents; communication betweeen adolescents and adults; and extent to which family relationships can be dominated by fear and violence. Drawing on the extensive and diverse evidence presented, wideranging policy and programme recommendations are suggested."

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