Adaptation of the event history calendar for Ugandan adolescents

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

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Abstract

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
Volume27
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2020

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https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0385-4864 Saftner Melissa 1 Thompson Meagan 1 2 Ngabirano Tom D. 3 McMorris Barbara J. 1 2 1 School of Nursing, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA 2 Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA 3 Department of Nursing, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda Melissa Saftner, School of Nursing, University of Minnesota, 308 Harvard St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA. Email: msaftner@umn.edu 11 2019 1757975919878179 25 3 2019 4 9 2019 © The Author(s) 2019 2019 International Union for Health Promotion and Education 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. Uganda adolescent event history calendar sexual health Academic Health Center, University of Minnesota https://doi.org/10.13039/100011123 sigma theta tau international https://doi.org/10.13039/100012400 sigma theta tau international zeta chapter edited-state corrected-proof Declaration of conflicting interest The authors declare that there is no conflict of interest. Funding The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: Sigma Theta Tau International, Sigma Theta Tau Zeta Chapter, University of Minnesota School of Nursing. ORCID iD Melissa Saftner https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0385-4864

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The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: Sigma Theta Tau International, Sigma Theta Tau Zeta Chapter, University of Minnesota School of Nursing.

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Keywords

  • Uganda
  • adolescent
  • event history calendar
  • sexual health

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  • Journal Article

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