National Survey on Emerging Issues among Adolescents in Sri Lanka

Thalagala, N. I., Rajapakse, L., & Yakandawala, H. (2004). National survey on emerging issues among adolescents in Sri Lanka. Colombo, UNICEF.

Adolescents comprise one fifth of Sri Lankan population. One of the constraints found in formulating policies and programmes on the wellbeing of adolescents is the paucity of information on adolescent issues. UNICEF Colombo initiated the present survey to fulfil this information gap.
The survey consisted of two main components. The first component was carried out among 29,911 school-going adolescents representing 25 administrative districts of Sri Lanka. The second component was carried out among 10,079 out-of-school adolescents representing 5 sectors ; Colombo Metro, Other Urban, Rural, Estate and North East. Representative samples of equal sizes were independently taken from each district and sector respectively, following a multistage stratified cluster sampling procedure.
Information from the school sample was collected using a set of self administered questionnaires. Taking into consideration the varying educational levels of the out-of- school sample an interviewer administered questionnaire was used to collect data from this group. Age appropriate data collection instruments were developed through a consultative process with inputs from adolescents themselves, educationist, health care providers, sociologists, planners and researchers.

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