Basic deprivation and involvement in risky sexual behaviour among out-of-school young people in a Lagos slum
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Taylor and Francis
Research has shown that in countries such as Nigeria many urban dwellers live in a state of squalour and lack the basic necessities of food, clothing and shelter. The present study set out to examine the association between forms of basic deprivation – such as food deprivation, high occupancy ratio as a form of shelter deprivation, and inadequate clothing – and two sexual outcomes – timing of onset of penetrative sex and involvement in multiple sexual partnerships. The study used survey data from a sample of 480 girls resident in Iwaya community. A survival analysis of the timing of onset of sex and a regression model for involvement in multiple sexual partnerships reveal that among the forms of deprivation explored, food deprivation is the only significant predictor of the timing of onset of sex and involvement in multiple sexual partnerships. The study concludes that the sexual activities of poor out-of-school girls are partly explained by their desire to overcome food deprivation and recommends that government and non-governmental-organisation programmes working with young people should address the problem of basic deprivation among adolescent girls
Young people , Poverty , Slums , Sexual risk-taking , Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES::Social sciences::Sociology
Kunnuji, M. (2014). Basic deprivation and involvement in risky sexual behaviour among out-of-school young people in a Lagos slum. Culture, health & sexuality, 16(7), 727-740.