Being an 'adolescent': The consequences of gendered risks for young people in rural Uganda.


Bernays, S; Bukenya, D; Thompson, C; Ssembajja, F; Seeley, J; (2017) Being an 'adolescent': The consequences of gendered risks for young people in rural Uganda. Childhood (Copenhagen, Denmark), 25 (1). pp. 19-33. ISSN 0907-5682 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0907568217732119

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Abstract

The behaviour of adolescents is recognised increasingly as having substantial and long-term consequences for their health. We examined the meaning of 'adolescence' in southern Uganda with HIV-positive young people aged 11-24 years. Adolescent girls and boys are described differently in the local language (Luganda). Adolescence is described as a behavioural rather than a life course category and an inherently dangerous one. The practices, risks and consequences of 'adolescent' behaviour are highly gendered. Local understandings of adolescence are likely to have a significant impact on the efficacy of interventions designed to minimise their 'risky behaviour'.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Social and Environmental Health Research
Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Global Health and Development
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases > Dept of Pathogen Molecular Biology
PubMed ID: 29472746
Web of Science ID: 424030000003
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/4646763

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