Migration status, reproductive health knowledge and sexual behaviour among female out-of-school adolescents in Iwaya community, Lagos, Nigeria

  • Michael ON Kunnuji
  • Samual Adejoh
  • Uwemedimo Esiet
  • Adenike Esiet

Abstract

Reproductive health is an essential aspect of the wellbeing of adolescents. Therefore reproductive health knowledge and sexual behaviour deservedly attract the attention of researchers, programme planners and policy implementers working with young people. Yet in Nigeria, little is known about the effect of migration status on reproductive health knowledge and sexual activities of young people in general and out-of-school adolescent girls in particular. This study used data from a survey of 480 out-of-school adolescent girls to provide empirical answers to these puzzles. The results indicated that migrants were less knowledgeable about HIV and AIDS but were as poorly aware of methods of contraceptives as non-migrants. The observed differentials had no significant effect on sexual practices such as involvement in penetrative sexual intercourse and multiple sexual partnerships. The study concluded that migration status is a major basis for social exclusion in the study population and recommends more inclusive approaches in the implementation of reproductive health programmes.

Keywords: awareness of contraceptives, HIV/AIDS knowledge, migrants, minority groups, slum, social exclusion

African Journal of AIDS Research 2013, 12(4): 221–228

Author Biographies

Michael ON Kunnuji
Department of Sociology, University of Lagos, Akoka–Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria
Samual Adejoh
Department of Sociology, University of Lagos, Akoka–Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria
Uwemedimo Esiet
Action Health Incorporated (AHI), Lagos, Nigeria
Adenike Esiet
Action Health Incorporated (AHI), Lagos, Nigeria
Published
2014-01-22
Section
Articles

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