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MUNYAI, Humbulani S.; MAKHADO, Lufuno; RAMATHUBA, Dorah U.  e  LEBESE, Rachel T.. Challenges on sexual health communication with secondary school learners, Limpopo province. Curationis [online]. 2023, vol.46, n.1, pp.1-9. ISSN 2223-6279.

BACKGROUND: A conversation about sexuality is most likely to encourage healthy and positive sexual practices while reducing risky sexual behaviour among adolescents. Traditionally, sexuality is discussed in hushed tones in proverbs and is reserved for adults. On the other hand, adolescents must be well informed about their sexuality to assist them to make informed decisions about their sexual behaviour. OBJECTIVES: The study determined parents' views regarding challenges of sexual health communication among secondary school learners in the Limpopo province. METHOD: A qualitative, exploratory-descriptive and contextual approach was employed for the study. Fifty-six parents were purposively selected, resulting in five focus group discussions that had 8-12 members. One central question was asked, and based on the participants' responses, probing questions followed. Data were analysed using thematic analysis. Trustworthiness and ethical considerations were ensured. RESULTS: Three themes, namely communication concerns, role shifting in imparting sexuality education and poor parent-child relationships, and eight subthemes emerged from the data. CONCLUSION: This study identified that communication concerns influence parent-child dialogue on sexuality education. Therefore, there is a need to address factors hindering communication such as cultural barriers, role shifting in imparting sexuality education and poor parent-child relationships. This study suggests that parents should be empowered in dealing with children's sexuality. CONTRIBUTION: Parents should be equipped with reproductive knowledge to enable them to talk freely about sexuality with their children. This should be complemented with broader programmes aimed at promoting sexual health education within the traditional family institution

Palavras-chave : parents; sexuality; sexuality education; learner; parent-child relationship; risky sexual behaviours.

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