By Kristina Ferris
This article presents results of a content analysis of the Ugandan youth publication Straight Talk in comparison to the Life Skills model of HIV prevention. Straight Talk is a publication targeting youth that intends to spread sexual health messages. Previous studies have suggested that it is largely successful at meeting these goals. Thus, the present research examines the content of the publication to identify if, and to what extent, the Life Skills approach is evident throughout two years of publication. It was found that Straight Talk supplements its sexual health education with broader life skills knowledge, such as money management advice and self-esteem building. However, the research also raised questions about the adequacy of information offered to youth, as its comprehensive approach, necessitated by the Life Skills model, has resulted in the superficial coverage of many topics.
This article by Kristina Ferris was published originally in Amsterdam Social Science Volume 1 Issue 1 (2008). Click here for the complete article.
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