Credit Units: 2
Mr. Bennibor, S. A., firstname.lastname@example.org. Department of Allied Health & Biological Sciences, College of Health Sciences
This course is designed to expose the student into the physical and emotional maturity of adolescents and associated problems. It will also equip the student with knowledge of human sexuality, and associated risks to increase understanding of adolescent health issues and applicable interventions.
At the end of the course, the student will be able to;
i. describe the developmental characteristics of the adolescent
ii. identify factors that influence and affect adolescent development.
iii. describe the rationale, components and characteristics of youth friendly facilities
iv. discuss risks and problems associated with adolescent health
• Stages of adolescent development.
• Physiological and physical changes.
• Behavioural changes.
• Mental changes.
• Vulnerabilities of adolescents
• Factors influencing adolescent growth
– Peer, Parental, School and Media.
• Girl child education
• Health Problems of adolescents
– Nutritional problem e.g. eating disorders.
– Teenage pregnancy
– Early marriage
– Stress, anxiety, mood and behavioural disorders
– Physical injuries
– Substance abuse
– Sexual abuse
• Other reproductive health problems
– Breast, menstrual, cervical disorders
– Pregnancy and childbearing
– Single parenthood
– Sexually transmitted infections.
• Adolescent youth friendly services
– Definition, components, characteristics
– Steps in establishing youth-friendly services.
– Communication with the adolescent client.
– Contraceptive options for the adolescent
– Family life education and hygiene especially during menstruation for females
– Dealing with special target groups – boys, girls, men and women.
– Sexually transmitted infections including HIV/AIDS in both male and female
Methods of Instruction:
- Discussion groups
- Guest lectures
- Projects (e.g. case studies, poster presentation, seminar presentation)
- Reading of articles from relevant scientific journals
Methods of Course Assessment:
Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with the university policy. The lecturer will present a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester. Evaluation will be based on the following:
Individual Works/Tasks 10
Class Tests 10
Class Assignments 10
Final Examination 70
- Co-requisite course(s):
- Recommended Reference Materials:
– WHO and UNFPA publications
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