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Title:Family life education needs of school children: a study in Akwapim Akropong
Author:Essah, Doris
Periodical:Research Review (ISSN 0855-4412)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Ghana
West Africa
family life education
basic education
School children
health education
sex education
Abstract:Too often, early initiation of sexual relationships results in complications of sexually transmitted diseases, unwanted pregnancies, abortions or early parenthood and curtailment of educational and therefore (job) aspirations, as pregnant girls are made to drop out of school, although boys are rarely reprimanded. A study of junior secondary school children at Akwapim Akropong, Ghana, indicates that financial reasons, together with curiosity and naughtiness, lead to early adolescent sexual experience, and pregnancy. Potential sources of information on sexual and reproductive health include peers and friends, social clubs and the Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana, television and radio programmes, and school. Menstruation proved to be a taboo topic that both books and adults shied away from discussing with adolescents. Pupils' knowledge of sexually transmitted diseases was variable. They had little knowledge of contraceptive methods, except the condom. Detailed and consistent family life education, which focuses on improving people's quality of life in terms of their relationships with their families and society and develops them to take responsibility for their behaviour, including their sexual and reproductive behaviour, could help meet adolescents' sexual and reproductive health needs. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]