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How do Jordanian and Syrian youth living in Jordan envision their sexual and reproductive health needs? A concept mapping study protocol
  1. Jewel Gausman1,
  2. Areej Othman2,
  3. Iqbal Lutfi Hamad3,
  4. Maysoon Dabobe3,
  5. Insaf Daas4,
  6. Ana Langer1
  1. 1 Women and Health Initiative; Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  2. 2 School of Nursing, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan
  3. 3 Jordanian Hashemite Foundation for Human Development (JOHUD), Amman, Jordan
  4. 4 Center for Women’s Studies, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan
  1. Correspondence to Dr Jewel Gausman; jmg923{at}


Introduction Youth in Jordan constitute 20.4% of the population, and many face considerable challenges in addressing their sexual and reproductive health (SRH) needs, such as those related to the prevention of unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, early marriage and sexual coercion and violence. The findings of previous studies indicate that Jordanian youth require reproductive health-related support, information and services; however, there remains very limited data as to how youth envision their SRH challenges and needs. This protocol outlines the design of a qualitative study using a participatory research methodology called concept mapping. This methodology enables participants to develop a conceptual framework for how they envision their sexual and reproductive health needs.

Methods and analysis This study will use concept mapping, which consists of a structured and iterative participatory research process that engages participants over three data collection sessions in order to generate the information needed to create a visual display of their ideas pertaining their SRH needs, issues and concerns, and how these ideas relate to each other. Each data collection session focuses on a different activity, including brainstorming, pile sorting and interpretation of the results. Data will be analysed using hierarchical cluster analysis and multidimensional scaling. Transcriptions of group discussions will be coded and analysed to add depth to the study results. Two hundred and eighty-eight males and females of Jordanian or Syrian descent living in Jordan will be recruited from four communities across Jordan.

Ethics and dissemination This study meets the requirements of the Declaration of Helsinki and has been approved by the Institutional Review Boards at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the University of Jordan. Study findings will be presented in peer-reviewed, international journals and made available to local programme managers, policy-makers and stakeholders through local dissemination efforts.

  • qualitative research
  • reproductive health
  • sexual health
  • Middle East
  • Jordan
  • adolescent

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  • Contributors All authors were involved in conceptualisation of the study design and development of study methods, instruments and protocol. JG wrote the first draft. AO, ID, ILH, MD and AL provided critical input and revisions. All authors approved of the final draft.

  • Funding This work is part of the Sexual and Reproductive Health Research Programme with project number W 08.560.012, which is financed by the WOTRO Science for Global Development of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Not required.

  • Ethics approval This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Boards at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the University of Jordan.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; peer reviewed for ethical and funding approval prior to submission.

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