What does not work in adolescent sexual and reproductive health: a review of evidence on interventions commonly accepted as best practices.

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Monday, February 9, 2026
Publication year
2014
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Life science/Healthcare

Youth centres, peer education, and one-off public meetings have generally been ineffective in facilitating young people's access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services, changing their behaviours, or influencing social norms around adolescent SRH. Approaches that have been found to be effective when well implemented, such as comprehensive sexuality education and youth-friendly services, have tended to flounder as they have considerable implementation requirements that are seldom met. For adolescent SRH programs to be effective, we need substantial effort through coordinated and complementary approaches. Unproductive approaches should be abandoned, proven approaches should be implemented with adequate fidelity to those factors that ensure effectiveness, and new approaches should be explored, to include greater attention to prevention science, engagement of the private sector, and expanding access to a wider range of contraceptive methods that respond to adolescents’ needs.

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Author:
Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli, Catherine Lane, & Sylvia Wong
Publisher:
Global Health: Science & Practice
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