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Young people’s perspectives on sexual wellbeing and consent

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17 September 2021 Tags: Sexual reproductive health and rights, SRHR

Positive sexuality in young people is a burgeoning field of study. As consensus builds that the field of sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR) needs to move away from just a risk and negative health outcomes approach and adopt a more holistic and positive view on SRHR, so does the need for frameworks to understand what sexual wellbeing actually means.

Under the Explore for Action programme, comprehensive framework to understand sexual wellbeing was developed. This defined six domains of key competencies in the form of knowledge, skills and attitudes that can form the foundation for the development of adolescent sexuality, in relation to self and others.

In a recent study commissioned by Plan International, the broad perspective framework has been cited as a key contribution to understanding and evaluating sexual wellbeing in young people. The study involves a literature review and primary qualitative data collection with young people aged 18 to 24 in Uganda and Ecuador.

The literature review explores young people’s perspectives on sexual wellbeing and consent by looking at relevant scientific and grey literature. The first section discusses the sexual wellbeing framework first developed by Kågesten and van Reeuwijk in the E4A programme. The second section presents the empirical evidence on young people’s understanding and experience of sexual consent.

The literature review concludes with a discussion of implications for SRHR policy and practice.

Plan International seeks to deliver holistic SRHR programmes to improve young people’s sexual wellbeing, rather than solely focussing on reducing sexual health risks and negative outcomes.

Download the literature review here.
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