Lost in premarital sex: sexual and reproductive health of the youth in Bolgatanga, Ghana

Jolien van der Geugten

Research output: ThesisDoctoral ThesisExternal prepared

Abstract

This PhD dissertation shows that young people in Bolgatanga (northern Ghana) do not all remain virgins until marriage, as prescribed by their culture and religion. Among the reasons they cite are ‘having an interest in sex’, ‘being cool’ or, for girls, ‘getting money’. There is a relatively high risk of negative consequences, such as HIV/AIDS or stigma. Knowledge about sexuality is limited, and sex without a condom and with multiple partners is not uncommon. Their problem lies in the contradictory messages they receive about sex from their religion, culture, peers, new media and family members. To protect young people, it is advised to invest in education and media literacy, as well as to promote sexual health and gender equality.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
Supervisors/Advisors
  • de Vries, Nanne, Supervisor
  • van Meijel, B.K.G., Supervisor, External person
  • den Uyl, M.H.G., Advisor, External person
Award date31 Mar 2017
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • sexuality
  • youth
  • Ghana

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