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    Sexual and reproductive health of adolescents.

    Progress in Reproductive Health Research. 2002; (58):1.

    Since the late 1980s, the UN Development Program/UN Population Fund, World Bank Special Program of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction has supported social science research on the needs and perceptions of young people. The initiative aimed to support research that addresses factors that contribute to positive sexual and reproductive health outcomes, especially those that can be influenced by appropriate interventions in developing countries. This editorial introduces issue 58 of “Progress in Reproductive Health Research” is based on research supported under this special research initiative on adolescents and constitutes summaries of papers published in Reproductive Health Matters (May 2001). While focused on the situation of young people in different settings (China, Kenya, Nigeria), these studies highlight that adolescents engage in unsafe sex and are frequently victims of coercion and few use contraceptives. In addition, these studies highlight the need for reliable information, counseling and reproductive health services. There is also a need to identify best practices and develop evidence-based youth friendly policies and programs.
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