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Kempadoo, Kamala; Dunn, Leith L
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Gender and Development Unit
Title, Analytic
Factors that shape the initiation of early sexual activity among adolescent boys and girls
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Meeting adolscent development and participation rights
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New York
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United Nations Children's Fund
Date of Publication
2001
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164-224
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Abstract
Investigates and documents the factors that shape the initiation of early sexual activity among adolescents. Presents the findings of focus group interviews of 170 adolescents between the ages of 10 to 19 years old attending schools in Montego Bay, Clarks Town and Maxfield Park, Kingston. Some general findings indicate that the main motivating factors were poor economic conditions, peer pressure to be sexually active, to prove one's gender identity, to satisfy definitions of adult masculinity and gender inequalities of power. Presents other factors related to social, economic and cultural issues. Recommends strategic initiatives and programmes that could be implemented.....
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