Unmet Needs for Reproductive Health Knowledge among Unmarried Migrant Youth

Shuang ling ZHAO, Er sheng GAO, Laurie Schwab Zabin

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Objective: To explore the deep reason for the lack of reproductive knowledge among migrant youth. Methods: Qualitative research method was used with in-depth interview as the major approach to collect data. Results: The results showed that lack of formal sexual education and the special social status were deep reason for their knowledge lack. Very few of them had received sex education in school. Before falling in love and beginning to date, most girls and some boys have no interest in sexual related knowledge. The knowledge they have usually come first from peer communication and are full of mistakes. As growing up, mass media, like TV and magazines begin to be their major knowledge sources. But many get the information from TV dramas, novels or advertisements, and few from formal educational programs. Working long hours each day, with little leisure time and living isolated in cities, migrant people rarely benefit from the ongoing education activities in cities. Conclusion: Special sexual and reproductive health education program are needed urgently among unmarried migrant youth, particularly female.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)227-238
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Reproduction and Contraception
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • China
  • knowledge
  • migrant youth
  • reproductive health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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