Book Chapter

Sexual health of adolescent girls

S Rachel Skinner, C Davies, J Marino, JR Botfield, L Lewis

Routledge International Handbook of Women's Sexual and Reproductive Health | Routledge | Published : 2019

Abstract

Sexual health emerges as a key aspect of wellbeing during adolescence. Adolescents’ lives are marked by intense developmental changes, not limited to peak physical growth and cognitive maturation, but major transitions in psychological, social and relationship goals and strivings. For girls, the challenge to achieve sexual health and wellbeing often in spite of external cultural and societal barriers is one that must be supported by evidence-based policy and health resourcing. Here we present the case, using a health and human rights lens, for why adolescent girls’ sexual and reproductive health is a key indicator of women’s health globally. We present the current data on adolescent sexual b..

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