Seminars

The CPC Seminar Series takes place between October and June, all seminars are free to attend and no registration is required. If you would like to present please contact cpc@soton.ac.uk.

Single Motherhood and Child Mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Life Course Perspective

6th December 2012 13.15pm, University of Southampton 58/4121

Shelley Clark, McGill University, Canada

This is a joint Global Health Population, Poverty and Policy (GHP3) and Centre for Population Change (CPC) seminar.

Much of Shelley's research examines how adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa make key transitions to adulthood in the midst of an on-going HIV/AIDS epidemic. In particular, her work has focused on how the transition into marriage shapes the risks of HIV/AIDS among young women in sub-Saharan Africa. She finds that for adolescent girls in many African countries, marriage does not provide a safe haven, showing instead that married adolescent girls are acutely vulnerable with respect to HIV. Additional research demonstrates how the process of searching for and finding a suitable spouse places both adolescent boys and girls at considerable risk. Through her current collaborative project with colleagues in Kenya, Burkina Faso, and South Africa, she is exploring the implications of single motherhood on women's poverty and children's health over the life course. Her findings have been published in over 20 articles in leading journals, such as Demography, Social Forces, and Journal of Marriage and Family, and presented to policy makers at influential international organizations, including the World Bank, WHO, UNFPA/UNICEF, and the Population Council.

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