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Table 2 Responses of health care workers concerning sexual and reproductive health services for adolescents, east Hararghe, Ethiopia ¥

From: Health workers' attitudes toward sexual and reproductive health services for unmarried adolescents in Ethiopia

Items assessing health workers' attitudes Responses
Positive, n (%) Neutral, n (%) Negative, n (%)
Intention on SRHS expansion for UAs 328 (83.2) 44 (11.3) 22 (5.5)
Health workers’ importance in reducing ASRH problems 319 (80.9) 50(12.9) 25 (6.3)
SRHS expansion is crucial issue for female UAs 262 (64.0) 123 (31.2) 19 (4.8)
Adolescents’ active participation is important in reducing SRH related problems of the premarital adolescents 332 (84.3) 41 (10.4) 21 (5.3)
Discussion between parents and UAs on SRH is mandatory to reduce and control SRH problems of the UAs 321 (81.4) 38 (9.6) 35 (8.9)
Awareness creation to UAs about skills of practicing safe sex negotiation is one step to reduce UASRH problems 274 (62.7) 80 (20.3) 40 (10.2)
UAs have harder time to get SRHS than married clients 285 (72.3) 85 (21.5) 24 (6.1)
UASRHS is important only for female adolescents b/c they are the only victims of the SRH problems 159 (40.3) 210 (53.3) 25 (6.3)
Sex education is better to be started at pre-adolescence age 148 (37.5) 43 (10.9) 193 (4.9)
ASRH service expansion beyond health facilities such as schools and youth centers where a large number of adolescents can be addressed helps to reduce the problem. 235 (59.6) 84 (21.3) 75 (19.0)
ASRH service expansion is an effective way to prevent unwanted pregnancy and its adverse consequences 329 (83.5) 62 (15.7) 3 (8.0)
Adolescents have a right to use FP as that of all other married clients 198 (50.2) 146 (37.0) 50 (12.7)
Pre-marital unsafe abortion cases should not blamed as guilty or the responsible persons for the problem 271 (68.8) 77 (19.5) 46 (11.7)
The way respondents feel towards their adolescent daughters’ contraceptive usage. 180 (45.7) 182 (46.2) 32 (8.1)
The way respondents feel towards their adolescent sons’ contraceptive usage. 236 (59.9) 91 (23.1) 67 (17.0)
The way respondents expect about their spouse’s perception on their adolescent daughter’s contraceptive method usage. 178 (45.2) 156 (39.6) 60 (15.2)
Respondents’ likely to provide FP and other SRH services for every adolescents in future. 256 (65.0) 93 (23.6) 45 (11.4)
  1. ¥Proportions were calculated from valid values by excluding missing values. Abbreviations used in the table: SHRS, sexual and reproductive health service; UA, unmarried adolescents; UASRH, unmarried adolescent sexual and reproductive health; SRH, sexual and reproductive health; ASRH, adolescent reproductive health. FP, family planning.