Social norms and adolescents’ sexual health: an introduction for practitioners working in low and mid-income African countries

by Beniamino Cislaghi and Holly Shakya
Afr J Reprod Health 2018; 22[1]: 38-46 (Registration required)

9 pp. 559 kB

Donors, practitioners and scholars are increasingly interested in harnessing the potential of social norms theory to improve adolescents‘ sexual and reproductive health outcomes. However, social norms theory is multifaceted, and its application in field interventions is complex. An introduction to social norms that will be beneficial for those who intend to integrate a social norms perspective in their work to improve adolescents‘ sexual health in Africa is presented. Conclusions call for further research and action to understand how norms affecting adolescents‘ sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) can be changed in sub-Saharan Africa.

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