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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 13-18

Empowerment of school teachers on adolescent reproductive health education

1 Assistant Professor, Caritas College of Nursing, Kottayam, India
2 Professor, College of Nursing, CMC, Vellore, India

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Today’s adolescents determine the social fabric, economic productivity, and reproductive health and wellbeing of nations throughout the world in the coming decades. Adolescence is the period between childhood and adulthood. It begins with the appearance of secondary sexual characteristics and continues until sexual maturity is complete. During this period rapid physical changes are accompanied by important psychological changes. Reproductive health is related to adolescent physical, psychological, and social integrity. While considering the settings to address the reproductive health needs and problems of adolescents, schools stand out as one of the important and most utilized settings because through the school we can reach out to almost all adolescents. Teachers can play an important role in this field because children are moving through their crucial time of development and becoming sexually mature while attending school. To do this role effectively, teachers have to be empowered on adolescent reproductive health education. The need for teacher empowerment, its methods, and curriculum are discussed in this article. A model for teacher empowerment is developed based on the teacher education model and is presented. Nurses play a vital role as information providers and trainers in the field.

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