Stigma and the Street: Sending Communities' Perceptions of Street Boys in Luanda District, Kenya

Stigma, a known risk factor for HIV-related behaviors, may particularly burden street children. In this study, researchers conducted interviews and focus group discussions with community leaders in the Luanda District of Western Kenya, a region from which street boys living in the neighboring city of Kisumu are known to originate.

The study examined how community attitudes of stigma and sympathy vary across contexts, considering how perceptions may relate to possible points of intervention. This study found that frequent relocation by street youth, whether from city-to-city or between living situations within a city, clearly disconnects them from social supports--family and school--and is associated with health inequities and risk behaviours.  

Publication Date: 
2013
Publisher(s): 
Elsevier
Pages: 
S74-S75
Volume: 
52
Issue: 
2
Journal Name: 
Journal of Adolescent Health
Location: 
Kenya