Factors associated with early sexual intercourse among teenagers and young adults in rural south of Benin

Submitted: 13 April 2017
Accepted: 5 July 2018
Published: 1 October 2018
Abstract Views: 1426
PDF: 632
HTML: 746
Publisher's note
All claims expressed in this article are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of their affiliated organizations, or those of the publisher, the editors and the reviewers. Any product that may be evaluated in this article or claim that may be made by its manufacturer is not guaranteed or endorsed by the publisher.


Early initiation to sexual intercourse increases the risk of sexually transmitted infections including HIV/AIDS and early or unwanted pregnancies. This study aimed identifying the factors associated with the early initiation to sexual intercourse among teenagers and young adults aged 10-24, in the south of Benin. A cross-sectional study was conducted in the south of Benin where 360 respondents were selected by random cluster sampling. Multiple logistic regressions was used to find related factors to early sexual intercourse. The significance level for the tests was of 5%. The average reported age of initiation to sexual intercourse was 14.75±2.18. Among the male teenagers and young adults, 41.11% had an early sexual intercourse against 20.24% for the female gender (P<10-3). The lack of communication between parents-teenagers (P=0.003), level of education of the father (P=0.021), exposure to pornographic movies (P=0.025), an adverse opinion on premarital sexual abstinence (P=0.026) were significantly associated with early sexual intercourse. Communication about health promotion for behavioural change may contribute to delay the age of sexual initiation.

Glèlè Ahanhanzo, Y., Sossa-Jérôme, C., Sopoh, G., Tchandana, M., Azandjèmè, C., & Tchamdja, T. (2018). Factors associated with early sexual intercourse among teenagers and young adults in rural south of Benin. Journal of Public Health in Africa, 9(2). https://doi.org/10.4081/jphia.2018.681


Download data is not yet available.


Similar Articles

You may also start an advanced similarity search for this article.