Percent of adolescents who have "positive" attitudes toward key sexual and reproductive health issues

 

Definition:

This composite indicator or index measures adolescents' attitudes toward key sexual and reproductive health (SRH) topics and issues. “Positive" attitudes are those logi­cally expected to lead to positive SRH outcomes. The topics and issues included in the indicator should re­flect those of primary importance for protecting the RH of adolescents and/or those the pro­gram emphasized.

This indicator is calculated as:

(# of adolescents who have positive attitudes toward key SRH issues/ Total # of adolescents) x100

Data Requirements:

Evidence of the prevalence of “positive” attitudes to­ward key SRH issues, usually solicited by means of personal interviews with or self-administered question­naires completed by adolescents. Evaluators should tabulate data for this indicator by gender and age. The following items illustrate possible attitudes to measure:

Attitudes toward contraceptives/condoms:

 

Gender-role stereotypes:

Evaluators may want to disaggregate by the following age ranges: 10-14, 15-19, and 20-24.

 

Attitudes toward abstinence:

 

Perceived vulnerability:

Data Sources:

Surveys of adolescent program participants or of ado­lescents in the program‘s intended population

Purpose:

Developing "positive“ attitudes toward key SRH topics/issues is an important objec­tive of many adolescent and youth SRH programs.  This indicator is a com­posite measure that covers attitudes toward the SRH topics and issues of primary importance for protecting the RH of adolescents and/or those the program emphasized.

Issue(s):

As with knowledge, positive attitudes do not necessarily predict future be­haviors.  So this would be a weak indicator to use to predict actual healthy behaviors.