Eric Tenkorang

Assistant Professor (PhD. University of Western Ontario)

Research Interests
Global Health, Social Demography, HIV/AIDS and Adolescent sexuality, Medical sociology, Statistics and research methods
Contact Information
Ph: 709-864-2503
Office: A-4049A
Personal Profile

Dr. Tenkorang is a social demographer whose broad research interests focus on the sexual reproductive health of young people in low income settings, in particular, sub-Saharan Africa (South Africa, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Malawi). His recent work involves using multi-level strategies in identifying structural barriers that inhibit safer sexual behaviors, and access to HIV testing and counseling services among vulnerable populations such as those in Africa. Part of this work, which was funded by the Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), examined the impact of poverty on risky sexual behaviors among youth in Cape Town, South Africa. Dr. Tenkorang has also been working with colleagues on the educational and health outcomes of children of immigrants in Canada.


Tenkorang, Eric Y and Obeng-Gyimah, S and Maticka-Tyndale, E and Adjei, Jones. 2011 (in Press). Superstition, Witchcraft and AIDS prevention in sub-Saharan Africa: The case of Ghana. Culture, Health & Sexuality.

Tenkorang, Eric Y and Maticka-Tyndale, Eleanor and Fernando Rajulton. 2011. A multi-level analysis of risk perception, poverty and sexual risk-taking among young people in Cape Town, South Africa, Health &Place, 17:525-535.

Tenkorang, Eric Y and Owusu, Gertrude. 2010. Correlates of HIV/AIDS testing in Ghana: Some evidence from the Demographic and Health Surveys. AIDS Care, 22 (3): 296-307.

Maticka-Tyndale, Eleanor and Tenkorang, Eric Y. 2010. A multi-level model of condom use among male and female upper primary school students in Nyanza, Kenya. Social Science and Medicine, 71 (3): 616-625.

Tenkorang, Eric Y and Fernando, Rajulton and Eleanor Maticka-Tyndale. 2009. ‘Perceived risks of HIV/AIDS and first sexual intercourse among youth in Cape Town, South Africa’. AIDS & Behavior, 13(2), 234-245.

Tenkorang, Eric Y and Maticka-Tyndale, Eleanor. 2008. Investigating the timing of first sexual intercourse among young people in Nyanza, Kenya. International Family Planning Perspectives, 34(4): 177-188


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