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“I am their youth clinic”: - perceptions and attitudes towards Swedish youth clinics from the perspective of African immigrant parents
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Global Health.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Introduction: Good health for young people is essential for they are both the present and the hope of tomorrow’s generation. Despite youth being in general a healthy period, young people are also in the high end of experiencing negative health outcomes including sexual and reproductive health. Parent-young people communication play a great role in shaping their sexual and reproductive health and decisions. Many studies have targeted youth clinics from different perspectives, but none from the perspective of immigrant parents with African origin. Thus, the aim of this study was to explore the perceptions and attitudes towards the Swedish youth clinic services from the perspective of the African immigrant parents.

Methods: A qualitative study design was selected using semi-structured interviews with African immigrant parents in a medium sized city in northern Sweden. A semi structured interview guide with open ended questions was utilized following an emergent design. Four parents were interviewed. The interviews were recorded and later transcribed verbatim. Data was analysed inductively using qualitative content analysis.

Results: Overall, the participants had mixed feelings about the youth clinics and services in almost all aspects. Parents acknowledged, appreciated, but on the other hand feared, the youth clinics which they perceived as providing too much freedom and openness regarding sexual and reproductive services and communication. Parents perceived culture and religion as playing a pivotal role in shaping parent-young people communication and sources of sexual and reproductive health information.

Conclusion: This study shows that parents’ role could influence young people in accessing sexual and reproductive services. Parent-young people communication skills need to be improved by programs aimed at building parents’ skills through training. Due to the dilemma on cultural safe services depicted, a follow-up study to explore the perceptions from the perspective of the young people with African background in Sweden, is recommended.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 40
Series
Centre for Public Health Report Series, ISSN 1651-341X ; 2019:7
Keywords [en]
Youth clinic, young people, immigrant parents, sexual and reproductive health, cultural safety, gender, qualitative content analysis, sexuality.
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-165633OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-165633DiVA, id: diva2:1374659
Educational program
Master's Programme in Public Health
Presentation
2019-05-22, Room A312, Caring Sciences building, Umeå University, Umeå, 11:00 (English)
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Available from: 2019-12-02 Created: 2019-12-02 Last updated: 2019-12-02Bibliographically approved

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