How Jordanian and Syrian Youth Conceptualise Their Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs: A Visual Exploration Using Concept Mapping
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CitationGausman, Jewel, Areej Othman, Insaf Daas, Iqbal Hamad, Maysoon Dabobe, and Ana Langer. How Jordanian and Syrian youth conceptualise their sexual and reproductive health needs: a visual exploration using concept mapping. Culture, Health & Sexuality. February 27, 2020. DOI: 10.1080/13691058.2019.1698769
AbstractYoung people in Jordan are caught between the rapid social change that has encompassed the Middle East and the pressure to adhere to the strict norms and values that have defined previous generations, especially with regard to sexual and reproductive health. This study seeks to understand how Jordanian and Syrian adolescents conceptualise their concerns, needs and challenges with respect to their developing sexuality and reproductive health, while offering a comparative perspective by nationality and gender. 271 young people between the ages of 15 and 19 participated in the study. Data were generated using an interactive concept mapping approach. Data collection included brainstorming, pile sorting and rating to create a visual map that was interpreted by the participants. The results of this study show that both Jordanian and Syrian adolescents have a complex understanding of sex, sexuality and reproductive health that they define through broad conceptual spheres which include health, economic and social issues. Differences by gender highlight the conflict between traditional norms and changing social expectations. Both Jordanian and Syrian participants identified the need for diverse informational resources. For Syrians, the results emphasise how the hardship has influenced sexual and reproductive through a focus on early marriage and need for economic stability.
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