Promoting the sexual and reproductive health of adolescents
Annotated bibliography of young people's sexual and reproductive health
Substantive findings of research and theoretical developments
Articles describing substantive findings of research selected for this bibliography cover a number of research areas in young people’s sexual and reproductive health. The selection of papers is particularly focused on the following topics: young people’s sexual behaviour, sexual coercion, dual protection, sexual/reproductive health seeking, quality of care/provider perspectives, and special needs of migrant and refugee youth. A small number of papers on interventions are also included. The following topics have been added to this updated version: abortion, laws and policies affecting youth sexual and reproductive health, and operations research and evaluation of interventions. Items under all topic areas were chosen according to the geographical focus of the study on less-developed regions and countries, the use of appropriate and sound methods, and publication date. New articles were preferred because the situation for young people in many countries can change rapidly. Most were published after 1994.
The papers containing substantive findings in this bibliography are divided into two broad categories: reviews and specific examples. The specific examples examine a particular topic within a given geographical boundary. They range from a qualitative study of teenagers in a school (Eyre et al. 1998) to a large-scale survey of military conscripts in Thailand (Nelson et al. 1996). The reviews, on the other hand, summarise findings from previous studies, or analyse existing data to focus on particular topics (for example, using Demographic and Health Surveys data from different countries). They may also use existing findings to formulate new theoretical approaches (for example Vanwesenbeek et al. 1999). The geographical scope of the reviews is usually wide, often encompassing one or more world regions. Studies of sexual behaviour form the largest part of the bibliography, and these can be divided further into studies based on quantitative data, studies based on qualitative data, and finally, those based on both qualitative and quantitative findings or general reviews. Studies providing a purely descriptive account of behaviour in a particular local context – of which there are now many in existence – have been excluded from the articles added in the update in favour of studies considered to be of more general relevance.
Reviews and specific examples are included in this bibliography for each of the principal topics described. These are listed in Table 1.
Papers on theoretical aspects of young people’s sexual behaviour are included in the bibliography. In them, theoretical approaches used in past research are explained and new, more sophisticated frameworks set out. The following have been selected: Bajos 1997; Ferrand & Snijders 1997; Grimley et al. 1997; Guizzardi 1997; Ingham 1992; Ingham et al. 1996; Ingham & van Zessen 1997; Van Campenhoudt 1997; Van Campenhoudt 1999; Van Campenhoudt & Cohen 1997; Vanwesenbeek et al. 1999.