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A. K. Shiva Kumar, Preet Rustagi, and Ramya Subrahmanian

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199455287

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199455287.001.0001

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Parent–Child Communication and Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters1

Parent–Child Communication and Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters1

(p.258) 10 Parent–Child Communication and Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters1
India's Children

Shireen J. Jejeebhoy

K.G. Santhya

Oxford University Press

Drawing on data from in-depth interviews with parents of adolescents and youth, part of a sub-national study of youth in India, this chapter explores the quality of parent-child communication and the obstacles parents face in communicating with their children about sexual and reproductive health (SRH) matters. Our analysis shows that parent-child communication was limited; key obstacles included discomfort and shyness experienced by parents and their children, parents’ own lack of awareness, perceptions that children come to know these matters on their own and fears that children would go astray if informed by their parents about SRH matters. Findings underscore the need for programmes that expand parents’ awareness about SRH, build their communication skills and enable them to overcome traditional reluctance to communicate with children about these matters.

Keywords:   parent-child communication, sexual and reproductive health, key obstacles, perceptions, awareness

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