Teacherís attitude may be an impediment to adolescent reproductive & sexual health- A study on awareness and practice of contraception among school teachers of Raipur city

Author : Meeta Jain, Shubhra Agrawal Gupta, Dipshikha Maiti, Pritam Roy

Recently unsafe sexual practices and adolescent pregnancy has been gaining more focus. Emphasis has been laid upon introduction of sex education in secondary schools to ensure healthy reproductive life. Therefore, the present cross-sectional study was undertaken to assess the understanding of meaning and methods of contraception, the status of unmet need for contraception & the reasons for unmet need of contraception in Raipur city, Chhattisgarh among 204 teachers from 6 schools with pre-designed, pretested semi-structured questionnaire. The current study not only identifies the unmet need among school teachers, but also identifies serious lacunae and prejudices in terms of knowledge and attitude regarding contraception. An urgent need is thus identified for education and training of teachers through seminars and workshops, to equip them properly not only in addressing their unmet needs for contraception but also for the task of providing sex education adequately in schools.

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