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Title: The factors that determine reproductive health characteristics of adolescents in Serbia
Authors: Djordjevic, Gordana
Radovanovic, Snezana
Djonović, Nela
Radevic S.
Vasiljevic, Dragan
Mihailović N.
Issue Date: 2019
Abstract: © 2019, University of Kragujevac, Faculty of Science. All rights reserved. The aim of the work is to assess vulnerability degree of reproductive health in adolescent population in Serbia by analyzing their sexual behavior. The paper is based on data from a National health survey of the population in Serbia in 2013 (without Kosovo and Metohija region), conducted by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Serbia. For the purposes of this study, the data used are referred to households and population of age 15 and over, so that the final number for analysis is a sample of 1722 respondents aged 15 -24. The study included demographic characteristics of respondents (age, gender, settlement type, region) and the characteristics of reproductive health: sexual behavior, use of contraceptive protection, knowledge and attitudes towards HIV, protection of reproductive health. X2 test was applied for testing differences in frequency of categorical variables. All results with a probability that equals to or is less than 5% (p≤0.05) are considered statistically significant. Among the respondents, there were more than half (53.5%) of sexually active adolescents. The highest percentage of them 16.6% responded that they had first sexual intercourse at the age of 17. 53.4% of adolescents had sexual intercourse with one partner, 26.4% of respondents had sexual intercourse with two or more partners. The most commonly used contraceptive method was interrupted intercourse (coitus interruptus) with 34.7% of respondents.
Type: article
DOI: 10.1515/SJECR-2017-0028
ISSN: 1820-8665
SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-85073332737
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Medical Sciences, Kragujevac

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