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Table 2 Mean item and subscale scores measuring provider attitudes towards youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services, scored from 1–4 points (1 = unfavorable attitudes, 4 = most supportive attitudes), n = 529

From: Health care professionals’ attitudes towards youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services in Jordan: a cross-sectional study of physicians, midwives and nurses

Subscale 1: Attitudes towards information and services offered to youth Mean (SD)
Subscale 1 Combined Score 2.4 (0.46)
Unmarried adolescents seeking sexual and reproductive health services should be told to abstain when they ask for contraceptivesa 1.7 (0.95)
Discussing sexual intercourse with unmarried women and men is shamefula 2.3 (0.87)
Unmarried adolescents should not be provided with contraceptives because culture and religion prohibit engagement in premarital sexa 2.3 (1.0)
Parents should be informed if their unmarried daughters come to a health facility to seek reproductive health servicesa 2.3 (0.94)
I would scold an unmarried adolescent if he or she asks for contraceptivesa 2.4 (0.91)
I would refuse to provide contraceptives for adolescents before marriagea 2.4 (0.92)
Teaching unmarried youth about contraceptives is acceptable 2.6 (0.84)
Reproductive health services are only available for married womena 2.6 (0.96)
Women and men of all ages should be welcomed into the clinic for sexual and reproductive health services if they seek them 2.8 (0.92)
Subscale 2: Norms and personal beliefs Mean (SD)
Subscale 2 Combined Score 2.9 (0.39)
If a girl has irregular periods, her parents should be informeda 2.2 (0.83)
My personal beliefs guide the way I provide health services to adolescentsa 2.4 (0.87)
Only girls should be given information about sexual and reproductive health because they are the ones who have the most issues related to sexual behaviora 2.7 (0.89)
If a client does not volunteer information to me that they have been subject to violence perpetrated by members of their family, I shouldn’t ask them directly about it because it is none of my businessa 2.7 (0.89)
By definition, boys cannot be the victims of sexual assaulta 3.0 (1.0)
Asking youth if they are victims of any kind of violence is considered interfering with their personal or family issuesa 3.1 (0.81)
Boys and girls should not be given information about puberty because it will encourage them to engage in sexual behaviora 3.2 (0.78)
Educating youth on reproductive health topics leads to sexual immoralitya 3.2 (0.75)
If a boy or a girl has a genital ulcer, it is because he or she is promiscuousa 3.2 (0.72)
If a young woman comes into a health facility and says she has been the victim of sexual assault, she probably did something to deserve it.* 3.2 (0.88)
The best way to prevent unmarried adolescents from becoming sexually active is to keep them in the dark about these issuesa 3.3 (0.74)
Attitudes towards the policy and clinical environment Mean (SD)
Subscale 3 Combined Score 3.0 (0.53)
Educational materials on sexual and reproductive health should be openly available to unmarried boys and girls 2.7 (0.90)
Youth should be given the same level of confidentiality when receiving sexual and reproductive health services as adults 2.8 (0.90)
Schools and health facilities should work together to provide reproductive health information and services to youth 2.9 (0.85)
Health workers play an important role in reducing sexual and reproductive health problems among pre-marital adolescents 3.0 (0.79)
Sexual and gender-based violence among youth should receive governmental attention as a significant social issue 3.2 (0.79)
It is important to make sure that any services provided to youth are done so privately so no one else in the clinic can hear 3.3 (0.84)
  1. aNegatively worded items were reverse-coded so that a higher score reflects more positive attitudes towards youth-friendly services