The primary goal of this study is to determine key factors that may put youth at a disadvantage as they transition from structured care settings into their adult lives and those that support positive transitions. To accomplish this, researchers will study existing education and employment support networks as well as sexual communities. Researchers will then be able to determine how certain characteristics of these networks are associated with OAC health outcomes, including poor education, ability to generate income, and HIV risk-taking behaviors. Based on prior OAC-related research, this study expects to find that OAC networks are small and lack variability, leading to reduced access to education, fewer positive employment opportunities, and increased sexual-risk behavior. Findings will be used to construct potential interventions to promote OAC health and well-being.
Principal Investigator: Lynne Messer
CHPIR Staff: Bernard Agala, Cyrilla Amanya, Misganaw Eticha, Dafrosa Itemba, Rachel Manongi, Jim Moody, Vanroth Vann, Augustine Wasonga, Kathryn Whetten