MA IDS Thesis Projects

Date of Award


Document Type

Campus Access Thesis


College of Theology, Arts, & Sciences


International Development and Service

Degree Name

International Development and Service, MA

First Supervisor

Paula Politte


adolescence, formal sex education, informal sex education, reproductive rights, sexual health


The purpose of this study was to engage in an exploratory dialogue with adolescents in Quito, the capital city of Ecuador. Increasing fertility rates of adolescents in ages 15 to 19 has become a concern in Ecuador due to the many potential consequences for the individual respectively, their families, and the community at large, and has thus begun to stir a change in the way in which sexual education within the country is approached. However, the country of Ecuador still has one of the highest adolescent fertility rates in South America, alongside a patriarchal and religious culture in which enforces gendered expectations in regards to sexual behavior. Through semi-structured interviews, adolescent participants of this study highlighted their perceptions of the sexual education they received, both through formal and informal means, as well as their perspectives on the areas of sex education that are in need of improvement.

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