Adolescents 360 conducted formative research aimed to generate insights about adolescents girls’ (15-19 years old) lives, their social context, and their experience with accessing SRH information, products and services. It also aimed to understand how the values, beliefs, and behaviors of girls’ influencers (e.g. parents, peers, male partners, and community leaders), impact girls’ sexual and reproductive health.
This research aimed to:
• Explore the cultural norms and expectations for adolescent girls related to puberty, sexual debut, marriage, contraceptive use, sexuality, childbearing, maturity and adulthood;
• Assess the underlying influences, motivations, cognitions, and behavior of adolescent girls in relation to sexuality and contraception;
• Map adolescent girls’ trajectories of sexual and reproductive life, beginning with puberty and moving to sexual debut, marriage and childbearing;
• Explore the roles community influencers play in adolescents’ decision-making processes and engagement with health services;
• Build the capacity of young women and young men in the community to meaningfully engage in research.