Ongoing Research Youth in Transition

Youth in Transition


Youth in Transition (YIT): A life course study of trajectories of safer sex behaviours in young unmarried youth from urban area in Pune, Maharashtra.

What was this research about?

Love, relationships and sexuality are an integral part of an individual’s existence. Some people choose to get into relationships, fall in love, some people choose not to. We live in a diverse society, with people of all genders, sexual inclinations and preferences, a matter of one’s personal choice. To be able to exercise choices is very pleasant, albeit with certain health risks involved with some of them. And yet, we talk so little about these choices, especially from a health needs’ point of view. For young unmarried people it is even more difficult to find appropriate space to talk about these issues. In order to design appropriate intervention to address sexual health needs of young people it is first important to understand how the relationships or sexual behaviors evolve from adolescence to adulthood among unmarried youth? Are there any health risks? Whether the youth has abilities to deal with the risks?

On this backdrop, in this study, we tried to understand how the relationships of unmarried youth start and progress. We also wanted to understand whether these transitions have any relation with person’s education, career, migration, psychological health status, addictions etc.

This study is a life course research conducted among never married young adults living in Pune to understand how relationships and sexual behaviors evolve over a period as young people navigate through different social roles from adolescence to adulthood.

A one-time personal interview of up to 1.5 to 2 hours in duration was conducted with the person eligible and willing to participate in the study. The interview was conducted with utmost sensitivity and complete confidentiality. During the interview, participant was asked to recall information about significant events in their life pertaining to their education, careers, migration, relationships, substance use, mental health, etc.

Youth In transition Report

This Report contains the findings of YIT research study. 

The compiled report: This contains one chapter on methodology of the YIT study and 6 chapters on 6 research briefs focusing on specific thematic issues.

Research brief 1: Relationship patterns and dynamics among unmarried youth

Research brief 2: Sexual Health Risks among Unmarried Youth

Research brief 3: Contraceptive Use and Unwanted Pregnancies among Unmarried Youth

Research brief 4: Abuse in Non-Marital Relationships

Research brief 5: Experiences and Impact of Childhood Sexual Abuse among Unmarried Youth

Research brief 6: Sexuality and Mental Health Issues among Unmarried Youths



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