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Subject/Keyword
social network analysis
sexual health
health behaviour
Uganda
population health
peer education
adolescent
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
VanSpronsen, Amanda Dianne
Supervisor and department
Laing, Lory (Public Health Sciences)
Examining committee member and department
Dinu, Irina (Public Health Sciences)
Ryan, Camille (Communication and Culture)
O'Brien, Beverly (Nursing)
Department
Department of Public Health Sciences
Specialization

Date accepted
2009-10-06T16:03:59Z
Graduation date
2009-11
Degree
Master of Science
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
Uganda has a predominantly young population, and there is a need for targeted HIV/AIDS prevention programming. Peer education is a health intervention style that has been used with appreciable success in adolescent groups, but some issues exist. We hypothesize that more can be done in the program planning stages to increase the chances of sustained success, and have completed two different types of cross-sectional analyses to investigate this aspect. We used Social Network Analysis to examine the social structure of two secondary schools in Fort Portal, Uganda. We identified existing modes of influence and natural channels of communication, and used these to create a feasible model of peer educator selection. We also studied present levels of communication about sexual and reproductive health within youth relationships, and found that youth are willing to talk to their friends, but high levels of communication do not generally occur. This provides an important point of entry for health promotion programs.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3RC74
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License granted by Amanda VanSpronsen (anischuk@ualberta.ca) on 2009-10-02T17:02:45Z (GMT): Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of the above terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis, and except as herein provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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