A Study on Contributing Factors to Adolescents Reproductive Behavior in Slum Areas of Addis Ababa: The Case of Teklehaimanot Area

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Addis Ababa University


Adolescents’ reproductive behavior is mostly determined by interrelated factors. Therefore, this study has tried to see the underlying environmental factors and reproductive behavior of slum adolescents. For this purpose, 186 adolescents, in the age range of 15-19 and are residents of Teklehaimanot slum area, were identified through systematic random sampling. Among them, 54.8 percent and 45.2percent are female and male, respectively. Descriptive data and bivariate analysis were used to explore the existence of association between different variables. Accordingly, both male and female adolescents are well aware of the social values towards pre-marital sex and have perception of their vulnerability to reproductive problems. However, the majority are engaged in early sexual practice. The study has found that factors like dropping out of school, poverty, involvement in risky behaviors contribute for their sexual behavior. Therefore, a well integrated, social work intervention, implemented at different levels, is very crucial



Social Work