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Use and perceptions of sexual and reproductive health services among Northern Thai adolescents

Tangmunkongvorakul, Arunrat; Banwell, Cathy; Carmichael, Gordon; Utomo, Iwu; Kelly, Matthew; Seubsman, Sam-ang; Sleigh, Adrian

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This study sheds light on obstacles to safe sexual health for young Thais and their need for appropriate sexual and reproductive health services. The study population was 1,745 unmarried adolescents aged 17-20 who resided or worked in Chiang Mai, the major city in northern Thailand. The study used quantitative and qualitative methods to explore the vulnerability of sexually active adolescents as well as the lack of support and care for them from parents and health providers. We found that young...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorTangmunkongvorakul, Arunrat
dc.contributor.authorBanwell, Cathy
dc.contributor.authorCarmichael, Gordon
dc.contributor.authorUtomo, Iwu
dc.contributor.authorKelly, Matthew
dc.contributor.authorSeubsman, Sam-ang
dc.contributor.authorSleigh, Adrian
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T23:15:54Z
dc.identifier.issn0125-1562
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/64840
dc.description.abstractThis study sheds light on obstacles to safe sexual health for young Thais and their need for appropriate sexual and reproductive health services. The study population was 1,745 unmarried adolescents aged 17-20 who resided or worked in Chiang Mai, the major city in northern Thailand. The study used quantitative and qualitative methods to explore the vulnerability of sexually active adolescents as well as the lack of support and care for them from parents and health providers. We found that young Thais still prefer pharmacies for self-medication and use government health care facilities as a last resort. Current health services are not suitable for adolescents in northern Thailand because they lack privacy and impose judgemental attitudes, especially towards sexually active adolescent females. Current programs for adolescent sexual and reproductive health focus on education and counselling and do not provide appropriate privacy or clinical care. There is a pressing need for advocacy, and policy support for the development of youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services in Thailand.
dc.publisherSoutheast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation
dc.sourceSoutheast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health
dc.subjectKeywords: adolescent; adult; article; attitude to health; child health care; female; health care delivery; health service; human; information processing; interview; male; sexual behavior; Thailand; urban population; utilization review; Adolescent; Adolescent Health Adolescent; Chiang mai; Health policy; Sexual and reproductive health services; Sexual behavior; Thailand
dc.titleUse and perceptions of sexual and reproductive health services among Northern Thai adolescents
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume43
dc.date.issued2012
local.identifier.absfor160302 - Fertility
local.identifier.ariespublicationf5625xPUB1007
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationTangmunkongvorakul, Arunrat, Chiang Mai University
local.contributor.affiliationBanwell, Cathy, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationCarmichael, Gordon, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationUtomo, Iwu, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationSeubsman, Sam-ang, Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University
local.contributor.affiliationKelly, Matthew, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationSleigh, Adrian, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage479
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage500
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T08:35:00Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84862547658
local.identifier.thomsonID000302829000022
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