Do teenagers have knowledge about sexuality?
Who Provides Information?
Teenagers do have basic knowledge on sex and contraception, characterised by significant gaps and inaccuracies. However, information about sexuality is mostly provided by educators and teachers and not by parents.
Discomfort about Topic
Educators and teachers share the philosophy of teenage sexual activity and because of their own discomfort about the topic, are unable to provide accurate sexual and contraceptive education as part of the learning experience.
Do they have knowledge about contraception?
No, they don’t! Information on emergency contraceptives is lacking and pregnancy risk-taking has been linked to lack of knowledge about contraception in general. Many teenagers prefer the pill or condoms and sometimes both, but many lack the knowledge and skills using the contraception effectively.