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1. Adabla, Samuel. Perceptions, Attitudes and Beliefs of Youth Regarding the Use of Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Services in Ashaiman, Ghana.

Degree: MPA, Public Administration, 2019, Bowling Green State University

This research explored the perceptions of young people regarding the use of Sexual andReproductive Health (SRH) services in Ashaiman, Ghana. In particular, it explored theirperceptions about contraceptives, SRH service providers as well as their access and use of SRHeducational materials. The study also explored ways of improving service utilization bycorrecting the misconceptions of young people about SRH services.The health belief model was used to appraise how people’s perceptions of theirsusceptibility to a particular health condition, the severity, benefits, barriers, cues to action andself-efficacy impact their health behavior, more so reproductive health. Twelve people wererecruited using purposive and convenience sampling. They were asked ten sets of open-endedquestions concerning the study’s objectives. Using a thematic content analysis approach, it wasfound that most participants consider contraceptives, especially condoms, as preventingpregnancies and STIs. However, each person expressed concern over the side effects ofhormonal contraceptives as this influences their decisions to use condoms and pills more. Thefindings also established that there is a negative perception about SRH service providers becausethey are considered unwelcoming to young people, charge higher fees or seek husbands’ consentbefore administering long-term contraceptives to married women. Participants, therefore,recommended stakeholders to work on improving health workers professionalism and includefamily planning services under the National Health Insurance. Sex education should also beincluded in the educational system to provide credible and timely information; governmentshould commit resources to SRH services, and various services providers were encouraged tocoordinate efforts towards achieving a common goal. Limitations of the study were noted, andrecommendations for stakeholders and future studies were also made. Advisors/Committee Members: Fritsch, Stefan (Advisor).

Subjects/Keywords: Health Education; Health; Health Care; Sexual and Reproductive Health; Contraceptives, Perceptions about Contraceptives; Sex Education; Family Planning; SRH; Beliefs about contraceptives; Adolescent and Reproductive Health

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APA (6th Edition):

Adabla, S. (2019). Perceptions, Attitudes and Beliefs of Youth Regarding the Use of Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Services in Ashaiman, Ghana. (Masters Thesis). Bowling Green State University. Retrieved from http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=bgsu1563531116481538

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Adabla, Samuel. “Perceptions, Attitudes and Beliefs of Youth Regarding the Use of Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Services in Ashaiman, Ghana.” 2019. Masters Thesis, Bowling Green State University. Accessed August 24, 2019. http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=bgsu1563531116481538.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Adabla, Samuel. “Perceptions, Attitudes and Beliefs of Youth Regarding the Use of Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Services in Ashaiman, Ghana.” 2019. Web. 24 Aug 2019.

Vancouver:

Adabla S. Perceptions, Attitudes and Beliefs of Youth Regarding the Use of Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Services in Ashaiman, Ghana. [Internet] [Masters thesis]. Bowling Green State University; 2019. [cited 2019 Aug 24]. Available from: http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=bgsu1563531116481538.

Council of Science Editors:

Adabla S. Perceptions, Attitudes and Beliefs of Youth Regarding the Use of Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Services in Ashaiman, Ghana. [Masters Thesis]. Bowling Green State University; 2019. Available from: http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=bgsu1563531116481538

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