IJSRP, Volume 11, Issue 1, January 2021 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
The study aims to explore the Reproductive and sexual health capabilities of Adolescent women in Kashmir valley. WHO defines adolescence as the segment of life between the ages of 10 to 19 years, this transitional stage of life is characterized by rapid physical and psychological development, sexual maturity and transition from dependence to relative independence. Adolescents are a group of apparently healthy individuals. The health status of an adolescent determines the health status in his/her adulthood. Many serious diseases in adulthood have their roots in adolescence. We can categorize the health needs of the adolescents broadly into three categories- physical, psychological and social. Reproductive health is an important area of concern in adolescence especially in girls and is a sensitive issue especially in Indian society. In such circumstances it is difficult to assess reproductive health problems and needs of the adolescents. Kashmir region has been going through turmoil and these years of turmoil has left its mark on the health of the inhabitants of Kashmir. Children including adolescents have different socio-psychological needs and necessities from rest of the peaceful states due to the conflict situation in the state. In this backdrop, our study will focus on the health and development needs of adolescent girls in Jammu and Kashmir with special focus on reproductive health capability.