Perception and Attitude of Street Adolescents towards Reproductive Health

  • Dattaram D. Naik 1PhD Scholar, Institute of Indian Culture, Mumbai, India,
  • Kavita Juneja
  • Nitin Kambale
Keywords: Street adolescents, Perception, Attitude, Mumbai


Attitudes, beliefs, opinion and values are all cognitive in nature, they exist in our mind. Sexual beliefs, values and attitudes are most likely multi determined in nature. Beliefs and opinion about sexuality may correspond closely to reality or they may be totally inaccurate. Most people are too focused on sexual activity; they think sexual activity is more important than really it is. The families are the most crucial in shaping adolescent behavior and values, through social interaction and relationship outside the family also play a role. Street adolescents without their parents to provide guidance, get information on sexual health from the mass media, which can negatively affect their knowledge of and attitude towards sexual health. Objective of this study is to investigate the perception and attitude of street adolescents towards reproductive health issues. To understand the perception and attitude regarding various issues of reproductive health, 16 statements were put forward to street adolescents. Data was collected from 647 street adolescent using structured interview schedule. Findings of the study suggest liberal attitude of street adolescents and poor awareness about safe sex, which can put them at risk. Study concludes that there is need to provide information about safe sex to the street adolescents.


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