Parent-Adolescent Communication on Sexual and Reproductive Health Issues and Affecting Factors in Asella Town, Arsi Zone, Ethiopia; A Community Based Cross-Sectional Study.

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Daniel BekeleGetu Megersa

Abstract

Background: Parents’ communication on sexual and reproductive health (SRH) issues with their adolescent plays a great role in preventing morbidity and mortality associated with sexual behavior. However lack of parent to adolescent communication was a serious problem in Ethiopia resulted in teenage pregnancy, unsafe abortions, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), school problems, and other sexual risk behaviors. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate the level of parent-adolescent communication and affecting factors on SRH issues in Ethiopia.Methods: A community based cross- sectional survey was conducted on 347 randomly selected parents of 10–19 year old teenagers. A random sampling was used to sample the study participants. A pre-tested and structured questionnaire as used to collect data. A binary and multivariable logistic regression analysis was conducted for adjusted odds ratio (AOR) at 95% confidence interval (CI), variables at a P-value < 0.05 were considered as significant association.Results: The study showed that, 23.1% of parents had communication on SRH issues with their adolescents. Factors computed for adjusted odds ratio [AOR], such as parents completed some form of education (being grades 9–12...Continue Reading

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