Revista Cubana de Salud Pública
Print version ISSN 0864-3466
RODRIGUEZ CABRERA, Aida et al. Social management for improving the sexual and reproductive health of adolescents. Rev. cub. salud pública [online]. 2008, vol.34, n.3, pp.1-9. ISSN 0864-3466. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0864-34662008000300010.
The topic of adolescents' sexuality is of great importance at present and the approach to this issue represents a great challenge, therefore, it is required to develop and update managerial capacities towards a more efficient and effective management of Sexual and Reproductive Health services and programs aimed at this group. The objective of the present article is to provide theoretical and instrumental elements on social management of sexual and reproductive health of adolescents. This article includes a literature review on this topic and the experience gained by the authors in several diploma's courses given at different settings throughout the country. It underlined the role of social management in the construction of social relationship spaces and institutional linkings focused on the society, the regions and the communities. The social management in each setting should be oriented to solving problems faced in every setting through the use of techniques and resources suitable to each situation, with a comprehensive and unified approach that addresses all the aspects to be changed. Adolescence is the perfect stage of life to promote changes and introduce values that assure adequate health condition and social behaviour in the adulthood, so in this regard, a properly oriented social management may contribute to achieving highly relevant positive changes . All this means that the investments made on these adolescents today will yield huge revenues for several generations to come.
Keywords : Social management; adolescents; sexual and reproductive health.