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Sexual health for youth in rural areas: a comparison of the Republic of Moldova and Pennsylvania

Godfrey, Ingrid (2018) Sexual health for youth in rural areas: a comparison of the Republic of Moldova and Pennsylvania. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Adolescents and youth comprise one-third of the population of the Republic of Moldova and almost one-fifth of the population of Pennsylvania. A great disparity exists in overall healthcare progress in the rural areas of these locations. One of these areas of disparity is in adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health outcomes. This disparity is evident in the presence of low rates of contraceptive knowledge and use, high incidence rates of HIV and STIs, high rates of teen pregnancy, and low overall knowledge and understanding of youth sexual and reproductive education and rights. It is of vital public health importance to examine the challenges faced by rural adolescents and youth in order to address disparities in their access to and knowledge of sexual and reproductive healthcare. Though there have been initiatives targeting the improvement of youth sexual and reproductive health in Moldova and in Pennsylvania, there is a paucity of data and intervention presence in the rural parts of these locations. In order to improve the sexual health outcomes for these adolescents and youth, it is necessary to provide recommendations for increasing access to youth friendly services, teaching more comprehensive sexuality education, and empowering more adolescents and youth with knowledge about sexual and reproductive health rights. This comparison study strives to identify the strengths and weaknesses of current youth sexual health approaches, identify barriers and facilitators to successful programs, and provide program and policy recommendations for the Republic of Moldova and Pennsylvania.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Godfrey, Ingridiag12@pitt.eduiag12
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairFrank, Linda R.frankie@pitt.edufrankieUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberRussell, Joannejoanner@pitt.edujoannerUNSPECIFIED
Date: December 2018
Date Type: Completion
Number of Pages: 68
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Infectious Diseases and Microbiology
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2019 21:40
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2019 21:40

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