Date of Award

2009

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Sociology and Anthropology

First Advisor

Soulliere, Danielle (Sociology & Anthropology)

Keywords

Family, Sex, and Gender.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

The purpose of this research is to study the way in which cultural norms regarding sexuality and gender might contribute to risky sexual practices among Kenyan youth. To gain a better understanding of these cultural norms, thematic secondary analysis of data collected as part of the evaluation of the Primary School Action for Better Health (PSABH) programme was carried out with particular attention given to focus group discussions among primary school pupils aged 11 to 16 regarding Kenyan socio-sexual scripts and how these scripts may inhibit condom use and thus increase HIV risk. It is anticipated that a better understanding of cultural norms and how they may affect young people’s sexuality will allow for the development and implementation of more effective policies and programs to combat HIV in Kenya.

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