Dr. P. Felvia Shanthi
Abstract: Adolescence is one of the stages in span of human life. The adolescent age is a crucial stage in the process of development and in this age, opinions are formed and values are required which last for good in their lives. In spite of the crucial place that adolescents have in the entire population, being potentially equipped as important resources for their future, their needs and concerns are not addressed. Thus, the adolescents must be equipped appropriately and sufficiently with information on the various facts of life to enable them to grow as responsible citizens of the country for future perspective. However in reality the period of adolescence cannot be confined to denote a precise range of years and it can fall within either of these ranges also their safety needs of adolescents are of awareness in Sexually Transmitted Disease, Human Immune Virus, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. This research article reveals the assessment of safety needs of adolescents in Chennai City. Main objective of the study is to assess the awareness on population and development education issues and the safety needs of the adolescents (both sexes). In the present study, Survey Method is adopted. The study focused on the data collected through Interview Schedule having 20 items. Simple Random Sampling method has been used to select the respondents for this study. From the sampling frame of 616 adolescents, a proportionate sample of 50 per cent of the adolescents was taken by using simple random sampling method. Data collected was analysed and tabulated. Results were interpreted. It is concluded that College going Backward Community Female students running on 18-19 years who come from Hindu Nuclear Family with monthly income less than INR 10, 000/- have had High level of awareness on HIV/STD/AIDS in terms of their safety needs.
Keywords: Safety Needs, Contraception, Adolescents, Population and Development Education