MA IDS Thesis Projects

Date of Award

2015

Document Type

Campus Access Thesis

College

College of Theology, Arts, & Sciences

Department

International Development and Service

Degree Name

International Development and Service, MA

Keywords

Thailand, adolescent pregnancy, sexual and reproductive health, program evaluation

Abstract

This paper highlights the issue of growing adolescent pregnancy rates in Thailand—its causes, impacts, as well as societal perceptions. At the root of the issue are many factors operating in concert, from economic pressures to political and socio-cultural influences. Impacted most heavily by this issue are adolescents and their newborns, with damages not only to their physical health but psychological health as well. As a means to alleviate this issue, sexual and reproductive health programs and services are made available, both through government and non-governmental agencies, though these programs and services often disregard or do not meet the needs of sexually active adolescents growing up in a predominantly conservative Thai society. In this study, three such programs, the Thai government program, the Teenpath program, and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) reproductive health program are analyzed and evaluated.

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