Knowledge, Attitudes And Practices Regarding Family Planning Characteristics Among Adolescents In-School And Out Of School Adolescents In Kavango Region, Namibia.

Journal Title: IOSR Journal of Nursing and health Science - Year 2018, Vol 7, Issue 3

Abstract

The objective of this study was to determine the knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding family planning methods among the in-school and out of school adolescents in Kavango region, Namibia and identify the association between the sexual and reproductive health characteristics of the adolescents. A cross-sectional analytical study was conducted using mixed methods - quantitative and qualitative approaches among 350 school learners (grade 6 to grade 12) and 150 school drop-out adolescents (aged 12 to 19 years). The stratified random sampling techniques were used in the selections of the circuit and the schools. Structured questionnaires were used and in depth interviews were conducted among the key informants (teachers). The following variables were included in the family planning characteristics contraceptive methods known, contraceptive methods used, 1st pregnancy ,current pregnancy, talk attended on contraceptives, sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy; contraceptives requested and number of times services sought;STD and 1st pregnancy, low condom used and no contraceptives used. Descriptive statistics were used to summarise the different variables. Cross-tabulations of, family planning variables were used to describe the relative frequencies. The associations between different categorical variables were assessed using Chi-square test whilst the identification of different determining factors were analyzed with the epidemiological methods using odds ratios and/or estimated relative risks. The study found that family planning characteristics such as: talk attended on contraceptives,; contraceptives requested and number of times services sought; contraceptive used and currently pregnant;STD and 1st pregnancy, low condom used and no contraceptives used, education level ,early sexual debut, first sexual intercourse, number of sexual partners, relationship with sexual partners older than 5 years and dropping out of school were associated with adolescent pregnancy in Okavango region.

Authors and Affiliations

Taimi Amakali-Nauiseb, Honore K. Mitonga, toini De Almeida

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  • EP ID EP436333
  • DOI 10.9790/1959-0703094857.
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Taimi Amakali-Nauiseb, Honore K. Mitonga, toini De Almeida (2018). Knowledge, Attitudes And Practices Regarding Family Planning Characteristics Among Adolescents In-School And Out Of School Adolescents In Kavango Region, Namibia.. IOSR Journal of Nursing and health Science, 7(3), 48-57. https://europub.co.uk/articles/-A-436333