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Table 2 The prior codes and categories from the interview involving

From: Socio-cultural context of adolescent sexuality and youth friendly service intervention in West Gojjam Zone, Northwest Ethiopia: a qualitative study

Category Code Descriptions
Socially accepted definition of adolescent Physical
-physical change (height, weight, voice change)
-marriage as a demarcation as an adult
- expected to participate in the social events
-behavioral change (aggressive, argue with parents)
Socially accepted behaviour during adolescence -non SRH related
-SRH related
-respectful, limited movement, not argue with parents
-do not stand/talk with opposite sex, not started sex
Social norm related to premarital sex -Religious stance
-Socio-cultural stance
-Gender stance
-considered as a sin, violating the Lord’s wishes, disobedience of religious teachings
- embracing, out of the norm, taboo, poor parenting
-strict in girls, huge consequences, affect future personal development
Socially accepted SRH service use by unmarried adolescents -contraceptive use
-HIV testing
- contraceptive use is a sin, violating the Lord’s wishes
- HIV testing before marriage is encouraged
SRH information to be communicated to unmarried adolescents -protective aspect of sexuality
-dangers aspect of risk sexual behaviour
- abstaining from sex
-STIs, HIV and teenage pregnancy
Barriers of communication on matters related to SRH - misconception
-social norms
-fear that it will initiate sex
-unhelpful norms, shame, lack of SRH knowledge
-too young to be told