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Type Thesis or Dissertation - Master of Arts
Title Influence of Youth Centre activities on risky sexual behaviour change, a case study of Tuungane Youth Centre, Kisumu County, Kenya.
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2014
URL http://erepository.uonbi.ac.ke/bitstream/handle/11295/76192/Oyugi_Influence of youth centre​activities on risky sexual behaviour change.pdf?sequence=3
Risky sexual behaviour is behaviour that increases ones risk of contracting sexually
transmitted infections or experiencing unintended pregnancies. These includes having
sex at an early age, having multiple sexual partners, having sex while under the influence
of alcohol and or drugs and un protected sexual behaviour. Youth risky sexual behaviour
is one of the catalysts of the rising HIV, other STI and unintended pregnancies. Youth
centers and youth clubs are a viable cost effective way to reach out to the youth of all
walks of life, both in school and out of school with the aim of changing their risky sexual
behaviour. The purpose of the study was to assess the influence of youth centers activities
on risky sexual behaviour change. The study looked into risky sexual behaviour change
among the youth by assessing the quality of education and training, recreational
activities, counseling and testing as well as outreach programs offered at Tuungane youth
centre, Kisumu County. The study adopted a descriptive case study research design and
targeted all the staff and youth members of Tuungane Youth Centre, and the people the
youth interact with in the community i.e. at home and at school. Using a stratified random
sampling procedure, the study sampled187 respondents. Data was collected using a
structured questionnaire as well as an interview schedule, the data was reviewed and
cleaned at collection point and every evening prior to entry in data base to minimize
errors of omission and commission. Data analysis was performed with the help of SPSS
and findings presented in means and percentages in the form of tables, figures and charts.
From the findings, more males (63%) than females (37%) access the youth centres, the
majority of the youth are between 14-24 years (76%).all the four components are offered
at the youth centre and each has an effective value. It is recommended that all the
components should be offered simultaneously and peer groups should be formed in the
community for the youth leaving the centre. It was concluded that all the four
components influence behaviour change, community involvement in outreach
programmes is important to the youth and youth centres are a viable tool for influencing
risky sexual behaviour change in the youth.

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