This research brief focuses on the health of youth in the YouthSave Ghana Experiment at baseline and provides a general overview of young Ghanaians’ health. We examine several health factors critical for young people’s ability to safely transition from adolescence to young adulthood, including health perception, protective factors (including parental connection and parental monitoring), risky health behaviors (including attitude toward sex and HIV prevention), and access to health facilities. We also examine demographic and financial behavior factors that may contribute to differences in health outcomes among youth. These results are exploratory because other variables were not controlled in the analysis.
Chowa, G. A. N., Masa, R., & Osei-Akoto, I. (2012, December). Youth and their health in Ghana (YouthSave Research Brief No. 12-41). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.