Multiple Transitions and HIV Risk among Orphaned Kenyan Schoolgirls
Version of Record online: 14 MAR 2011
© 2011 The Population Council, Inc.
Studies in Family Planning
Volume 42, Issue 1, pages 29–40, March 2011
How to Cite
Mojola, S. A. (2011), Multiple Transitions and HIV Risk among Orphaned Kenyan Schoolgirls. Studies in Family Planning, 42: 29–40. doi: 10.1111/j.1728-4465.2011.00262.x
- Issue online: 14 MAR 2011
- Version of Record online: 14 MAR 2011
Why are orphaned girls at particular risk of acquiring HIV infection? Using a transition-to-adulthood framework, this study employs qualitative data from Nyanza Province, Kenya, to explore pathways to HIV risk among orphaned and nonorphaned high-school girls. It shows how simultaneous processes such as leaving their parental home, negotiating financial access, and relationship transitions interact to produce disproportionate risk for orphaned girls. The role of financial provision and parental love in modifying girls' trajectories to risk are also explored. A testable theoretical model is proposed based on the qualitative findings, and policy implications are suggested.