Young People

December 2015

Adolescent health – boys matter too

Whilst it is good news that adolescents are increasingly recognised in global health initiatives, adolescent boys are an important and neglected part of the equation. The focus on girls comes from recognition that girls are often disadvantaged, early marriage and childbearing have serious negative consequences on health and educational attainment and adolescent girls’ health also Read More

October 2015

Review of community-based reproductive health initiatives for young married couples in low- and middle-income countries

This systematic review examined the available evidence on the effectiveness of community-based health interventions to improve the reproductive health status of young married couples in low- and middle-income countries. Most pregnancies among adolescent girls and young women aged 15–24 years in low- and middle-income countries do so within marriage. The mortality rates and pregnancy-related morbidities are significantly higher among the women of younger age group in many South Asian and Sub-Saharan African countries. Read More

July 2015

Consistent laws against child marriage reduce levels of child marriage and adolescent pregnancy, sub-Saharan Africa

This study reviewed the relationship of national laws that prohibit child marriage with the prevalence of child marriage and adolescent birth. Data from Demographic and Health Surveys and from the Child Marriage Database were used to examine the relationship between laws that consistently set the age for marriage for girls at 18 or older and the prevalence of child marriage and teenage childbearing in 12 Sub-Saharan African countries. Read More

June 2015

The relationship between puberty and adolescent sexual behaviour

This meta-analysis explored whether pubertal timing and status was related to sexual behaviour and sexual risk behaviour and to what extent the relation was moderated by the way pubertal development is assessed (pubertal status or pubertal timing and stage-normative or peer-normative), or the age when pubertal development was assessed.  Biological sex, age, and ethnicity were Read More

Positive experiences of teenage motherhood, England

This qualitative study, drawing on in-depth interviews with teenage mothers recruited from children’s centres in deprived areas of North West England, explores their experiences and future aspirations. The findings show that the young mothers overwhelmingly felt motherhood was a positive experience, which provided them with a valued social role, even though nine of the ten young women had not planned their pregnancy. Within the communities they lived, they felt well supported. T Read More

March 2015

Addressing intimate partner violence among adolescents

A review of effective approaches to prevent adolescent (10–19 years) intimate partner violence and sexual violence identifies promising approaches that should be replicated and scaled up in different settings, including school-based dating violence, parenting and community-based interventions. Read More