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What are the factors responsible for adverse health outcomes in teenage mothers?

Poor nutrition, health problems are particularly associated with negative outcomes of pregnancy during adolescence including anaemia, malaria, HIV and other STI, postpartum haemorrhage and mental disorders, such as depression.

Often teenagers don’t feel motivated to go to school or end up slacking in their studies. Why?

Teenage brains have more synaptic connections than adult ones, which makes them highly impressionable, as they’re building synapses and modifying them as they learn. They are primed to learn quickly and can memorise things faster. People might think their capacity for academic achievement is set in stone from a very young age, but this can change quite dramatically over adolescence.

Why do teens behave angrily with their parents most of the times?

Teenagers can get frustrated with situations and themselves, as a lot of things still aren’t fitting together in their brain. The risk-taking behaviour and impulsivity they exhibit because they don’t have full access to their frontal lobes can cause mood swings and fuel conflict and anger. Parents should try to stay close to your teenagers, even if they seem to push you away.

What are the psychological consequences of adolescent mothers?

Suicidal or depressive states, baby blues, mood swings, sadness, anxiety, fear, devastated, loss of appetite, sleep loss, cannot focus, postpartum depression etc.

What are the dimensions of Youth Identity?

Many dimensions of our identity intersect to form our sense of self and tough to be separated from one another. There are visible dimensions of our identity, such as, race, gender, religion tend to be more important for individuals since they are significant to the individual in every social context and carry more serious consequences in society.

Why do teenagers go to bed late in the night and refuse to wake up early in the morning?

There is absolutely a biological basis for this. In many other mammals, like baby rodents, sleep patterns shift during the adolescent period. From puberty to the end of the teens, the circadian clock is actually programming them to go to sleep and wake up around three to four hours later than adults. This is a problem, as they are relatively sleep deprived when you wake them up at 8am. We know how important sleep is for consolidation of memory and learning. It’s all about strengthening synapses, a process which is chemically impaired in a sleep-deprived brain. This could be a reason for the fights, too – everyone knows that sleep deprivation makes you emotionally impulsive.

How does Peer-Education Affect Youth?

Peer education is one of the most important topics that deals with the sexual and reproductive health. Through peer-education, conveying the daily sexual or reproductive health aspects to the adolescents becomes flexible, spreading the awareness and accurate knowledges in the community becomes easy & the education is deep rooted in each individual. Peer education is very beneficial in building their own character and behaviour in making them participate in programs that can help them build an optimistic life skill such as Youth Leadership and Gender Sensitivity.

What is meant by body image?

Body image is not only about how we look, it also includes how we feel about ourselves as in strong, happy, sad, in control, lost, weak, self-dependent, attractive, etc. It is a person’s perception of his/her physical appearance, and also the feelings that result from that perception. These are influenced by one’s own self and their surrounding environment.