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Beyond bonus or bomb: upholding the sexual and reproductive health of young people.

Authors
  • Hendrixson, Anne
Type
Published Article
Journal
Reproductive health matters
Publication Date
May 01, 2014
Volume
22
Issue
43
Pages
125–134
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/S0968-8080(14)43765-0
PMID: 24908463
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

Described as a blessing or a curse, a bonus or a bomb, the youthful population boom in the global South is thought to be the catalyst of present and future social change on a massive scale. These binary understandings of youth are popular among proponents of development programs aimed at young people, including for family planning. But dualistic, numbers-based theories oversimplify a much more complex picture. They narrow our perceptions of young populations and, when lacking more detailed understanding based in youth experience, have the potential to constrict sexual and reproductive health and rights. Instead, youth-friendly, inclusive sexual and reproductive health policy should build from young peoples' visions and diverse realities.

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