Adaptation of the event history calendar for Ugandan adolescents

Melissa Saftner, Meagan Thompson, Tom D. Ngabirano, Barbara J. McMorris

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Adolescent and emerging adult risk behavior is a concern globally. Discussing health promotive and risk behaviors with adolescents and young adults can be challenging regardless of the country of data collection and dominant culture. In the United States, event history calendars have been used in both research and clinical settings to identify healthy and risky behaviors among adolescents and emerging adults, and contextual factors that may influence their behavior. After an unsuccessful attempt to employ a particular event history calendar on family life, negative and positive events, sexual behavior and substance use in data collection in rural fishing villages in Western Uganda, the current study aimed to modify the United States validated event history calendar for use with adolescents in Uganda, as a first step to cultural adaptation. Focus groups with 24 college students provided information about ways to modify the event history calendar for Ugandan youth. This paper discusses the modifications of the event history calendar for Ugandan young people.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-170
Number of pages12
JournalGlobal Health Promotion
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2020


  • Uganda
  • adolescent
  • event history calendar
  • sexual health

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