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Title: Social capital, savings, and educational performance of orphaned adolescents in Sub-Saharan Africa
Authors: Ssewamala, F.M.
Karimli, L.
Han, C.-K.
Ismayilova, L.
Keywords: Children savings accounts
Family economic strengthening
Orphaned children
Social capital
Social support
Sub-Saharan africa
Issue Date: Dec-2010
Citation: Ssewamala, F.M., Karimli, L., Han, C.-K., Ismayilova, L. (2010-12). Social capital, savings, and educational performance of orphaned adolescents in Sub-Saharan Africa. Children and Youth Services Review 32 (12) : 1704-1710. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: We examine the impact of social capital on savings and educational performance of orphaned adolescents participating in a family-level economic strengthening program in Uganda. Findings indicate that if given the opportunity, poor families in Uganda will use financial institutions to save for the education of their adolescent youth. Moreover, although the results are mixed, overall, adolescents with higher levels of social capital and social support, including participation in youth groups, are likely to report better saving performance compared to their counterparts with lower levels of social capital and social support. The results point to: (1) the role for family-economic strengthening programs specifically focused on improving the educational outcomes of orphaned adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa, and (2) the need for adolescents to be encouraged to participate in youth groups since these groups seem to offer the much needed supportive informal institutional structure for positive adolescent outcomes. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.
Source Title: Children and Youth Services Review
ISSN: 01907409
DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2010.07.013
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