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Am J Public Health. 2010 Mar;100(3):483-8. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2008.158840. Epub 2010 Jan 14.

Effect of economic assets on sexual risk-taking intentions among orphaned adolescents in Uganda.

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School of Social Work, Columbia University, New York, NY 10025, USA. fs2114@columbia.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We examined the effect of economic assets on sexual risk-taking intentions among school-going AIDS-orphaned adolescents in rural Uganda.

METHODS:

AIDS-orphaned adolescents from 15 comparable schools were randomly assigned to control (n = 133) or treatment (n = 127) conditions. Treatment participants received child savings accounts, workshops, and mentorship. This economic intervention was in addition to the traditional care and support services for school-going orphaned adolescents (counseling and school supplies) provided to both treatment and control groups. Adolescents in the treatment condition were compared with adolescents in the control condition at baseline and at 10 months after the intervention.

RESULTS:

After control for sociodemographic factors, child-caregiver/parental communication, and peer pressure, adolescents in the economic intervention group reported a significant reduction in sexual risk-taking intentions compared with adolescents in the control condition.

CONCLUSIONS:

The findings indicate that in Uganda, a country devastated by poverty and disease (including HIV/AIDS), having access to economic assets plays an important role in influencing adolescents' sexual risk-taking intentions. These findings have implications for the care and support of orphaned adolescents, especially in poor African countries devastated by poverty and sexually transmitted diseases.

PMID:
20075323
PMCID:
PMC2820050
DOI:
10.2105/AJPH.2008.158840
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