Path to Growth: A Life-Planning Skills Training Manual, for the China Youth Reproductive Health Project is a handbook developed by PATH (Program for Appropriate Technology in Health) and the China Family Planning Association (CFPA) in 2004. The document aims to prepare adolescents with the necessary skills to face various challenges in their Path to Growth and help them make safe, healthy, and responsible decisions in terms of sexuality and reproductive health. The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of adolescents. The purpose of the training is two-fold. First, it will help adolescents with the social roles they are to play; it will help them identify who they are now and who they want to be in the future. Second, it seeks to promote adolescents' sexual and reproductive health by exerting various influences upon their thoughts and behavior. It aims to achieve the following objectives: provide adolescents with opportunities to learn more about themselves; help adolescents identify what they want to achieve in their lives and strengthen adolescents' knowledge and skills in three areas: sexuality, planning family, and communication. The manual has been used on a trial basis in numerous training workshops and is well accepted by both adolescents and facilitators. The document is divided into 7 Units: i) Adolescent development (changes, health care, reproductive system); ii) Interpersonal communication (friends, relationships, peer pressure, love); iii) Sexuality and decision-making (values, possible consequences of sexual activity, sexual harassment); iv) Preventing sexually transmitted infections (signs, symptoms and treatments); v) Preventing HIV infection (risky behaviors, condoms); vi) Preventing unwanted pregnancies (contraception, abortion, drugs and their risks) and; vi) Planning for the future (long-term and short-term goals).
Program for Appropriate Technology in Health, PATH
China Family Planning Association, CFPA
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