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Uche, Chukwudum; Vincent-Osaghae, Gloria
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Department of Sociology,Psychology and Social Work
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Adolescent sexual behavior: a study of Nigerian villages
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XXIV General Population Conference
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August 18-24, 2001
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Salvador, Brazil
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Abstract
Two villages, Ichi (Anambra State) and Baranyonwa Dere (Rivers), in Eastern Nigeria were chosen for study. A combination of methods was used: ethnographic survey, focus groups and demographic survey of randomly selected heads of households and adolescents aged 12-19.The data showed that parent-child communication in sexual matters is nonexistent or negative. Contraception is rare in traditional society. Most heads never discussed family life education nor shared any information about STIs with adolescents. A third of the adolescents are sexually experienced with a mean age of initiation being 15.5 years, but only 11 percent are currently using contraceptives. The adolescents displayed a high level of ignorance of the AIDS virus. Less than half correctly identified preventive actions against contracting HIV. Older adolescents (16-19) and those who had lived in urban areas before age 12 are more likely to be sexually experienced, while having fathers in professional/skilled occupations decreased the odds. Also, males are more likely than females to be current contraceptive users. Programmes dealing with cultural practices and providing information and youth friendly services are needed....
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