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Reproductive knowledge, attitudes and behavior among young adolescents in Jamaica

The Fertility Management Unit of the University of the West Indies (Kingston, Jamaica) and the Women's Studies Project at Family Health International (Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA) are conducting a longitudinal study to assess the reproductive knowledge, attitudes, and behaviour group of over 900Jamaican young adolescents at increased risk of early nancy. This paper reports on questionnaire data collected in September and describes these young adolescents' reproductive behaviour and their edge and attitudes regarding such subjects as sexuality, family planning, pregnancy. Reported sexual activity was vastly different between girls boys. Six percent of girls, compared to 63 percent of boys, said that they experienced sexual intercourse. Reported use of contraception at First course was higher among girls (48 percent) than boys (38 percent). were also considerable differences in attitudes and knowledge between and girls. Girls reported holding significantly more traditional or conserva tive views about sexual activity and pregnancy. Overall, reproductive edge was very low among all study participants. However, boys did demon strate higher levels of knowledge


Jackson, J., Eggleston, E., Lee, A., & Hardee, K. (1997). Reproductive knowledge, attitudes and behavior among young adolescents in Jamaica. Social and Economic Studies, 46(1), 95-109.