Qualitative study of roles of religious leaders in promoting adolescent sexual reproductive health and rights in Iganga municipality Uganda

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  • Abstract

    Introduction: Young people in adolescent stage are very vulnerable. Sexual and reproductive health choices they make as they transition from childhood to adulthood determine a lot about their well-being.

    Objective: To assess the role of religious leaders in promoting adolescent sexual and reproductive health rights in Iganga Municipality.

    Methodology: Qualitative phenomenological design was used. Sample of 30 participants (25religious leaders and 5adolescents) were interviewed. Data was collected using in-depth interviews, transcribed, coded and analyzed using thematic content analysis.

    Results: Information shared by religious leaders to adolescents helped them to live responsible lives. Results also indicated that; religious leaders perceived promotion of ASRHR to imply elevation of sexual immorality. Religious leaders had both protective and preventive influences on promotion of ASRHR.

    Conclusion: Religious leaders greatly contribute to promotion of ASRHR by enhancing information sharing. Dialogues, therefore, enhances their awareness about ASRHR and gives them confidence to address the matter with adolescents.




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    Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (ASRHR); Adolescents; Religious leaders.

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Article ID: 31341
DOI: 10.14419/ijm.v9i1.31341

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