Article

Perceptions of social capital and sexual behaviour among youth in South Africa

Published in: Journal of Child & Adolescent Mental Health
Volume 29, issue 3, 2017, pages: 205–217
DOI: 10.2989/17280583.2017.1388246
Author(s): Clifford OdimegwuDemography and Population Studies Programme, Schools of Public Health and Social Sciences, South Africa, Nicole De WetDemography and Population Studies Programme, Schools of Public Health and Social Sciences, South Africa, Oluwaseyi Dolapo SomefunDemography and Population Studies Programme, Schools of Public Health and Social Sciences, South Africa

Abstract

With about one quarter of new human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections occuring in young people, there is an on-going debate regarding the role of social capital on youth sexual behaviour. Some studies have suggested that high levels of family and community social capital may act as protective factors that lessen the likelihood of negative consequences; while others have concluded that social capital may be a risk factor for risky sexual behaviour among youth.

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