Background: There are 1.2 billion youth worldwide who have not gained enough access for sexuality education, safe abortion where legal, prevention of early pregnancy, human immune virus, sexually transmitted disease infection, violence and coercion.
Objective: To assess youth-friendly service utilization and associated factors among preparatory school students in Sodo town, Southern Ethiopia
Methods: An institutional based cross-sectional study was conducted among preparatory school students in Sodo Town. Stratified sampling technique was used based on the type of school they had attended. The proportional allocation was done to both government and private schools and to each grade to select 394 respondents. The data was entered into Epi-data version 3.1 and analyzed using Statically Package for Social Science version 22. Descriptive statistics were done and result presented with tables and graphs based on the nature of the variables. Bivariate and multivariate logistic regression was done. The candidate variables with a p-value<0.25 in Bivariate analysis were moved to multivariate analysis to identify their significance with dependent variables and those p-Value < 0.05 were taken as independent factors affecting youth-friendly service utilization.
Result: Out of the total respondents 40.6% reported that they have ever used youth-friendly service in the past twelve months. Youth-friendly service utilization was significantly associated with sex(AOR:2.106,95%CI:1.115,2.529),pocket money(AOR:0.60,95%CI:0.379,0.949) and using school as a source of information(AOR=0.589,95%CI:0.372,0.933).
Conclusion and recommendation: Youth-friendly service utilization among preparatory school students in Sodo town was low. Factors like sex, pocket money, and school as a source of information were predictors of youth-friendly service utilization. Awareness creations on youth-friendly service dimension have to be enhanced.
Keywords: Youth-friendly Service, Utilization, Sodo Town, Ethiopia