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Early sexual debut: voluntary or coerced?: evidence from longitudinal data in South Africa: the Birth to Twenty Plus study

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dc.date.accessioned 2015-05-19 en
dc.date.accessioned 2021-02-09T15:24:17Z
dc.date.available 2021-02-09T15:24:17Z
dc.date.issued 2015-08-25 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/1929
dc.description.abstract Early sexual debut, voluntary or coerced, increases risks to sexual and reproductive health. Sexual coercion is increasingly receiving attention as an important public health issue owing to its association with adverse health and social outcomes. Objective. To describe voluntary and coerced experience at sexual debut. A longitudinal perspective among 2 216 adolescents (1149 females, 1 067 males) in a birth cohort study in South Africa, analysing data collected on six occasions between 11 and 18 years. The median age of sexual debut was 16 years for females and 15 for males. Reported coerced sexual debut included children <11 years of age. Males reported earlier sexual debut, with both voluntary and coerced sexual experience, than females (p<0.0001). Sexual coercion at early sexual debut among both male and female adolescents occurred mostly through sexual intercourse with older adolescents and partners of the same age. The identified time periods and age groups need to be targeted for interventions to delay sexual debut and prevent sexual coercion among young people. More research is needed to understand underlying predisposing risk factors for sexual coercion at sexual debut, both early and not early. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject BIRTH TO TEN NOW BIRTH TO TWENTY (BT20) en
dc.subject SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR en
dc.subject RISK BEHAVIOUR en
dc.subject SEXUAL EDUCATION en
dc.subject HEALTH en
dc.title Early sexual debut: voluntary or coerced?: evidence from longitudinal data in South Africa: the Birth to Twenty Plus study en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume 105(4) en
dc.BudgetYear 2015/16 en
dc.ResearchGroup HIV/AIDS, STIs and TB en
dc.SourceTitle South African Medical Journal en
dc.ArchiveNumber 8650 en
dc.URL http://ktree.hsrc.ac.za/doc_read_all.php?docid=15624 en
dc.PageNumber 304-307 en
dc.outputnumber 7413 en
dc.bibliographictitle Richter, L., Mabaso, M., Ramjith, J. & Norris, S.A. (2015) Early sexual debut: voluntary or coerced?: evidence from longitudinal data in South Africa: the Birth to Twenty Plus study. <i>South African Medical Journal</i>. 105(4):304-307. http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/1929 en
dc.publicationyear 2015 en
dc.contributor.author1 Richter, L. en
dc.contributor.author2 Mabaso, M. en
dc.contributor.author3 Ramjith, J. en
dc.contributor.author4 Norris, S.A. en


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