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Article Number - E0B015A63839


Vol.9(4), pp. 45-50 , May 2017
DOI: 10.5897/JASD2016.0410
ISSN: 2141-2189



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Barriers to parent-child communication on sexual and reproductive health issues in East Africa: A review of qualitative research in four countries



Abdallah A. Kamangu
  • Abdallah A. Kamangu
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Dodoma, P. O. Box 395, Dodoma, Tanzania.
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Magata R.John
  • Magata R.John
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Dodoma, P. O. Box 395, Dodoma, Tanzania.
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Sylvester J. Nyakoki
  • Sylvester J. Nyakoki
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Dodoma, P. O. Box 395, Dodoma, Tanzania.
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 Received: 22 August 2016  Accepted: 09 March 2017  Published: 31 May 2017

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The increasing rate of risky behaviours among the East African adolescents has greater burden to the adolescent, family and the society. Young women in this region are  exposed to potential sexual and reproductive health problems including sexually transmitted infections, unwanted pregnancies, unsafe abortions, contraception, sexual abuse and rape, female genital mutilation, and maternal or child mortality. This is attributed by failure of communication of most parents in this region with their adolescents on issues of sexuality and reproductive health like condom use, puberty, STIs and physical development. On the base of academic literature and other materials, this paper argues that parents’- adolescents’ communication on sexual and reproductive health issues in this region is circumscribed by various factors including gender differences, level of education among parents, occupations, traditional norms and religion. The paper concludes that, parents and other adults’ discussion with adolescents on reproductive health issues is imperative in reducing risky behaviors among adolescents.  For effective communication on reproductive health issues, parents and adults need to be educated on their roles as primary source of information to their children. Furthermore, there is a need to address gender differences and socio-cultural norms that hinder effective communication.

Key words: Parent, adolescent, sexuality, reproductive health, communication, barriers, East Africa.

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APA Kamangu, A. A., John, M. R., & Nyakoki, S. J. (2017). Barriers to parent-child communication on sexual and reproductive health issues in East Africa: A review of qualitative research in four countries. Journal of African Studies and Development, 9(4), 45-50.
Chicago Abdallah A. Kamangu, Magata R.John and Sylvester J. Nyakoki. "Barriers to parent-child communication on sexual and reproductive health issues in East Africa: A review of qualitative research in four countries." Journal of African Studies and Development 9, no. 4 (2017): 45-50.
MLA Abdallah A. Kamangu, Magata R.John and Sylvester J. Nyakoki. "Barriers to parent-child communication on sexual and reproductive health issues in East Africa: A review of qualitative research in four countries." Journal of African Studies and Development 9.4 (2017): 45-50.
   
DOI 10.5897/JASD2016.0410
URL http://academicjournals.org/journal/JASD/article-abstract/E0B015A63839

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