Sexual and reproductive health

The sexual and reproductive health of younger adolescents

Research issues in developing countries

World Health Organization, Department of Reproductive Health and Research

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Publication details

Number of pages: 47 pages
Publication date: 2011
Languages: English
ISBN: 978 92 4 150155 2


This publication reviews quantitative and qualitative evidence on adolescents’ sexual and reproductive health from a number of developing countries and, where possible, highlights findings for boys and girls aged under 15 years in those studies. The review is organized around six interwoven processes that mark girls’ and boys’ passage through adolescence, with an emphasis on the early years. The concluding section brings together a number of research topics and approaches that could form the basis of a coordinated multicountry research agenda for young adolescents’ sexual and reproductive health and rights.