Research Project

Developing a sexual and reproductive health workshop for Arab youth in Chicago

Principal Investigator
Abboud, Sarah
Start Date
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Funding Source
Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy (UIC)


Background: Among Arabs, sexual and reproductive health (SRH) are significantly understudied and rarely discussed despite their significant importance in the daily lives of Arabs. Purpose: To increase SRH awareness among Arab youth. We plan to develop a comprehensive SRH educational workshop tailored to the context of Arab youth in Chicago. Activities: In four different phases, we will conduct elicitation research using focus groups to develop the content of the workshop. We will test the workshop for feasibility with a sample of Arab youth and seek their suggestions to improve the workshop. Lastly, we will revise and finalize the workshop for future use. All phases will be conducted in close guidance with a youth community advisory board and our community partner, Arab American Family Services. Deliverables: one comprehensive SRH educational workshop; one submitted manuscript in a peer reviewed journal; and one submitted conference abstract.