Sexual and Reproductive Health Programs in Thailand and the Dilemma of Growing Adolescent Pregnancy Rates: An Analysis and Evaluation of the Thai Government, Teenpath, and UNFPA Reproductive Health Programs
Date of Award
Restricted Access Thesis
College of Theology, Arts, & Sciences
International Development and Service
International Development and Service, MA
This paper highlights the issue of growing adolescent pregnancy rates in Thailand—its causes, impacts, as well as societal perceptions. At the root of the issue are many factors operating in concert, from economic pressures to political and socio-cultural influences. Impacted most heavily by this issue are adolescents and their newborns, with damages not only to their physical health but psychological health as well. As a means to alleviate this issue, sexual and reproductive health programs and services are made available, both through government and non-governmental agencies, though these programs and services often disregard or do not meet the needs of sexually active adolescents growing up in a predominantly conservative Thai society. In this study, three such programs, the Thai government program, the Teenpath program, and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) reproductive health program are analyzed and evaluated.