This evidence brief summarizes the essential information from a part of a larger study that assessed the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) needs of adolescents in four slums in two regions of Ghana. The objective of this brief is to provide evidence to support and facilitate the improvement of parent–adolescent communication on sexuality. This study echoes several other studies by providing evidence that a majority of parents are not opposed to in-school sex education for their children and welcome the idea of empowering themselves (parents) to have productive discussions with their children. Nevertheless, there is a mismatch between the proportion of parents who believe they have discussed sexuality with their adolescents, and the number of adolescents who report they have had these discussions. Among several conclusions, the report identifies the need to better educate parents and guardians about adolescent sexual and reproductive health, as well as provide guidance on how they can effectively have these conversations.
Esantsi, Selina F., Francis Onyango, Gloria Quansah Asare, Emmanuel Kuffour, Placide Tapsoba, Harriet Birungi, and Ian Askew. 2015. "Are parents talking to adolescents about sexuality? Evidence from four slums in Ghana," STEP UP Evidence Brief. Nairobi: Population Council.
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