Lack of Education Does Not Account for Heightened Sexual Risk Found Among African Orphans by ProQuest

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Because adolescents in Sub-Saharan Africa who have lost one or both parents are more likely than non-orphans to drop out of school, some researchers have suggested that differences in educational attainment and school attendance may explain excess sexual risk among orphans. However, in a cross-sectional study of female adolescents in urban Zimbabwe, disparities in schooling explained only a small portion of the excess sexual risk found among youth who had lost both parents, and did not explain high levels of sexual risk among those who had lost only one parent.

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