April 30, 2019

PMA Agile-YRDSS: Sexual/Reproductive Health Autonomy and Relationship Power Dynamics among Adolescents and Young Adults in Côte d’Ivoire

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Youth are a high-risk population for relationship violence, which in turn can impart risk for early and unintended pregnancy as well as sexually transmitted infections and other aspects of poor physical and mental health. The data presented here are from the 2018 Youth Respondent-Driven Sampling Study (YRDSS), a survey of 2,068 unmarried youth aged 15 to 24 years living in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. YRDSS used respondent-driven sampling (RDS) methodology and was conducted by PMA Agile and the Association Ivoirienne pour le Bien-Etre Familial (AIBEF). PMA Agile typically monitors contraception uptake via clinic-based surveys of providers and clients; however, it is expected that unmarried youth and adolescents may be procuring contraceptives via other means, making their use effectively “hidden” from clinic staff and compromising the accuracy of clinic-based survey measures. In addition to contraceptive knowledge, use, and behaviors, YRDSS also explored relationship power dynamics, including threats to sexual or reproductive autonomy.