Project #73658 - Discussion post and response

One page for #1 (the post) and 2 paragraphs for #2 (the response).

To prepare:

  • Develop a brief summary of your topic to post to the Discussion board, including a justification for your choice.

With these thoughts in mind:

#1. Post a description of the topicyou chose for your Capstone Project and the problem you identified. Briefly explain why you selected the topic.


Course Text: Asking the Right Questions: A Guide to Critical Thinking

    • Chapter 3

Web Sites

The sites below can aide you in finding a research topic:

  • American Psychological Association
  • American Psychology-Law Society

#2. Read a selection of your colleagues' postings.

Respond to Avent’s post in one or more of the following ways:

  • Ask a probing question.
  • Share an insight from having read your colleague’s posting

  • Offer and support an opinion.

  • Validate an idea with your own experience.

  • Make a suggestion.

  • Expand on your colleague’s posting.


Selected Topic: Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights among the youth

The above topic was chosen because it is an issue that I consider to be a public health issue and concern that has been undermined in the past and I believe that it should be changed and improved. The leading problem identified is that many young people engage in sexual activities without the considerations of how their action will unintentionally affect their health outcomes.  Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) among the youth is about looking into the sexual activities and the access to information and services that young people are provided with. SRHR is about education about one’s sexuality and how they should protect their reproductive health through prevention, protective and treatment measures. The rights to SRH are also embedded because they are at the core of the information through education and it is where-by young people are capacitated and encouraged to exercise their rights by having option and making informed decisions that involves and may affect their lives on a short term and long term basis in more than one way.  The secondary problem identified is the challenges and limitations they have in accessing the right information, support and services regarding SRHR.

The population of interest are young people aged 10 to 24 years old in developing countries. In the Capstone project, I will be looking at the contributing factors to the identified problems as well as some interventions that can be applied to reduce the high rates of young people with Sexual Transmitted Infections (STI’s), unplanned parenthood, abortion cases and other consequences such as school drop-out and early marriages. I personally experienced the hush reality of being a teenage parent and this the topic is of personal interest and also with special focus from the academic, psychological and professional interest. I have been working in the health industry the past years and I was the focal person for Community Outreach Mobilisation for the Namibia Planned Parenthood Association and I dealt much with information dissemination and service delivery to young people as the primary target group and other secondary groups such as the Lesbians, Gays, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex population, key populations (Sex workers, truckers, sea fearers etc.). In addition, the capstone is intended to influence my approach and interest in implementing better methodologies that can be accepted by health service providers, policy makers, stakeholders and clients. The aim will be to make SRHR a topic of interest and national development "piece of the puzzle" to all parties and to improve its approaches, implementations and the results produced through efforts for the betterment of a countries’ development, especially in terms of economics, politics and sectors. Our country, Namibia,  is working towards realising the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s) and Vision 2030 which are tools that were introduced and aimed at improving the livelihood of people through adapting new and improved ways of functionality and operations that will ultimately improve the status of the country in all sectors of development. Currently, Namibia is facing a diverse of issues related to SRHR and it has prooduced negative and overwhelming consequences that affect national development. I would like to be at the forefront of such a great revolution by contributing to the public health industry though the promotion of SRHR, community/public participation and involvement, shared ownership and more, in the direction towards creating a better and brighter future for the current and next generations by investing in their health and well-being so that they may live productive and successful lives and be productive citizens of Namibia.


Aggleton, P., & Campbell, C. (2000). Working with young people-towards an agenda for sexual health. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 15(3), 283-296.

Bearinger, L. H., Sieving, R. E., Ferguson, J., & Sharma, V. (2007). Global perspectives on the sexual and reproductive health of adolescents: patterns, prevention, and potential. The Lancet, 369(9568), 1220-1231.

Glasier, A., Gülmezoglu, A. M., Schmid, G. P., Moreno, C. G., & Van Look, P. F. (2006). Sexual and reproductive health: a matter of life and death. The Lancet, 368(9547), 1595-1607.

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