Attitudes and Beliefs Pertaining to Sexual and Reproductive Health Among Unmarried, Female Bhutanese Refugee Youth in Philadelphia

Cherie Priya Dhar*, Dilu Kaflay, Nadia Dowshen, Victoria A. Miller, Kenneth R. Ginsburg, Frances K. Barg, Katherine Yun

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Abstract

Purpose We explored attitudes and beliefs pertaining to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) among unmarried, female, resettled Bhutanese refugees 16–20 years. Methods Fourteen interviews were analyzed using the constant comparison method, and major themes were identified. Results SRH was stigmatized for unmarried youth, making seeking information about SRH or accessing family planning difficult. There were many misconceptions about access to SRH. Conclusions Universal, culturally, and linguistically appropriate comprehensive SRH education is recommended for female Bhutanese refugee youth. Terminology used should take into account differences in conceptualization of concepts like dating. Educators and health care providers should clearly describe consent and confidentiality laws regarding adolescent SRH services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)791-794
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Adolescent Health
Volume61
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2017

Keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Family planning services
  • Refugees

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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