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Revista chilena de pediatría

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LUENGO CHARATH, M. Ximena; MILLAN KLUSSE, Teresa; ZEPEDA ORTEGA, Ana J  y  TIJERO MENDEZ, Marcia. Urban adolescents: knowledge about sexual and reproductive health care. Rev. chil. pediatr. [online]. 2012, vol.83, n.6, pp.540-551. ISSN 0370-4106.

Objective: To identify the knowledge about sexual and reproductive health (SRH) care among adolescent participants of the public health care system. subjects and Methods: Stratified sample of 368 adolescents from low-income and high teenager's pregñancy rate communities in Santiago, Chile. A self-administered, anonymous and confidential survey asked about knowledge, use of services and friendly care characteristics. results: 52.9% of respondents knew of SRH care and from these, 22.1% had used it. Predictors for service use were: being female, been dating a boyfriend/girlfriend, having received sex education at home and not living with parents. Most participants positively evaluated the sRH service. Reasons for not seeking sHR care were: no need it, embarrassment to consult and lack of information on this type of care availability. Conclusions: Low percentage of school adolescents demand sRH attention. The care provided in the public system is well evaluated. Teens who demand professional attention to solve sHR needs are: women, who are in a relationship and those who have received sex education at home. Furthermore, no need for care, embarrasment and lack of information are factors that affect the consultation.

Palabras clave : Adolescents; sexual and reproductive health; public health system.

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