Feelings of the young
If you can understand the feelings of your young client and appreciate their needs, you will be in a good position to answer questions and help with anxieties that they may have concerning their sexual and reproductive health.
How might a young person feel when they first come to see you?
The figure above shows a young girl outside a health facility, hesitating to enter. She might be feeling:
- Shy about needing to discuss personal matters.
- Embarrassed that she is seeking sexual or reproductive healthcare.
- Worried that someone she knows might see her and tell her parents.
- Unsure that she has the right words to describe what is concerning her and ill-informed about reproductive health matters in general.
- Anxious that she has a serious condition that will have significant consequences (e.g. that she has a sexually transmitted infection (STI) or that she is pregnant).
- Resistant to receiving help because of overall rebelliousness, discomfort or fear.
These points apply equally to a boy or young man who comes to see you.