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Title: Effect of economic assets on sexual risk-taking intentions among orphaned adolescents in Uganda
Authors: Ssewamala, F.M.
Han, C.-K. 
Neilands, T.B.
Ismayilova, L.
Sperber, E.
Issue Date: 1-Mar-2010
Citation: Ssewamala, F.M., Han, C.-K., Neilands, T.B., Ismayilova, L., Sperber, E. (2010-03-01). Effect of economic assets on sexual risk-taking intentions among orphaned adolescents in Uganda. American Journal of Public Health 100 (3) : 483-488. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
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.
Source Title: American Journal of Public Health
ISSN: 00900036
DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2008.158840
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