Youth aged 15–24 represent 20 percent of the Indian population. This cohort faces significant risks related to sexual and reproductive health (SRH), and many lack the knowledge and power to make informed SRH choices. Information on intimate partnerships among youth, female and male, married and unmarried, is sparse and evidence is practically nonexistent that identifies the factors that protect young people's ability to ensure safe SRH and their autonomy to make informed decisions. This brief describes a subnational study of young people's situation and needs that aims to fill these gaps. Six states were selected for study, representing different geographical and sociocultural parts of the country. The study is being implemented by the International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai, in collaboration with the Population Council, New Delhi. The study design involves pre- and post-survey qualitative phases and a survey of some 10,000–12,000 married and unmarried females and males residing in rural and urban parts of each of the six selected states.
"Youth in India: Situation and needs study," update. New Delhi: Population Council, 2006.
Youth in India: Situation and Needs Study