Perceived social approval and condom use with casual partners among youth in urban Cameroon

  title={Perceived social approval and condom use with casual partners among youth in urban Cameroon},
  author={Ronan Van Rossem and Dominique Meekers},
  booktitle={BMC public health},
BACKGROUND HIV prevention programs targeting youth often emphasize the role of peers, and assume that youths will model their behavior after their peers'. We challenge this view; we argue that adopting a given behavior requires social approval, and that youths do not necessarily turn to peers for such approval. This study analyzes survey data on youths in urban Cameroon to 1) identify which type of persons youths look to for social approval, and 2) establish how important social approval by… CONTINUE READING
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