'They tell you about the risks': exploring sources of sexuality education among very young adolescents in rural Mpumalanga

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dc.date.accessioned 2018-09-18 en
dc.date.accessioned 2022-08-17T14:07:16Z
dc.date.available 2022-08-17T14:07:16Z
dc.date.issued 2018-09-18 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/12648
dc.description.abstract Early adolescence (ages 10 - 14) is a crucial stage of development. The importance of early intervention in improving adolescent sexual and reproductive health (SRH) is increasingly acknowledged. Yet, school-based sexuality education largely focuses on older adolescents, leaving very young adolescents to contend with conflicting information from different sources. This study responds to the need for contextually nuanced research with very young adolescents, which can inform policy and programmes aimed at improving their SRH outcomes. The objectives were to explore very young adolescents' sources of SRH knowledge and investigate the implications of both formal school-based sexuality education and informal sources of information for their SRH rights. This research was conducted with schoolgoing adolescents (aged 10 - 14) from the Gert Sibande district in rural Mpumalanga. Data were collected qualitatively using individual interviews and group-based participatory workshops, all conducted with the same participants. Transcribed data were analysed using thematic analysis. Findings indicate that while formal transfer of SRH information takes place through school-based sexuality education, learners' sexual knowledge is also shaped by informal sources, including household observations and sexual play. We identify three themes that cut across sources of SRH knowledge and position young adolescents in contradictory ways: prohibitive messaging, the notion of childhood innocence and everyday sexual learning. Recommendations are made for comprehensive sexuality education that is responsive to this age group's needs, draws on their everyday lived experiences and optimises the opportunities offered by foregrounding agency, while remaining cognisant of structural constraints. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject ADOLESCENTS en
dc.subject SEX EDUCATION en
dc.subject KNOWLEDGE LEVEL en
dc.title 'They tell you about the risks': exploring sources of sexuality education among very young adolescents in rural Mpumalanga en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber SNAOAA en
dc.Volume 12(2) Suppl.1 en
dc.BudgetYear 2018/19 en
dc.ResearchGroup Human and Social Development en
dc.SourceTitle South African Journal of Child Health (SAJCH) en
dc.ArchiveNumber 10528 en
dc.PageNumber S36-S39 en
dc.outputnumber 9503 en
dc.bibliographictitle Essop, R., Tolla, T., Lynch, I. & Makoae, M. (2018) 'They tell you about the risks': exploring sources of sexuality education among very young adolescents in rural Mpumalanga. South African Journal of Child Health (SAJCH). 12(2) Suppl.1:S36-S39. http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/12648 en
dc.publicationyear 2018 en
dc.contributor.author1 Essop, R. en
dc.contributor.author2 Tolla, T. en
dc.contributor.author3 Lynch, I. en
dc.contributor.author4 Makoae, M. en

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