The influence of older classmates on adolescent sexual behavior in Cape Town, South Africa

 

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dc.creator Lam, David
dc.creator Marteleto, Letitia
dc.creator Ranchhod, Vimal
dc.date 2014-06-09T12:30:44Z
dc.date 2014-06-09T12:30:44Z
dc.date 2013
dc.date.accessioned 2015-05-28T10:06:38Z
dc.date.available 2015-05-28T10:06:38Z
dc.date.issued 2015-05-28
dc.identifier Lam, D., Marteleto, L. and Ranchhod, V. (2013). The influence of older classmates on adolescent sexual behavior in Cape Town, South Africa, Studies in Family Planning, 44(2): 147-167.
dc.identifier http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23720000
dc.identifier http://hdl.handle.net/11090/715
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11090/715
dc.description This study examines the influence of exposure to older within-grade peers on sexual behavior among students in urban South Africa. Data are drawn from the Cape Area Panel Study, a longitudinal survey of young people conducted in metropolitan Cape Town from 2002 to 2006. The combination of early sexual debut, high rates of school enrollment into the late teens, and grade repetition create an environment in which young people who progress through school ahead of many in their cohort interact with classmates who may be several years older. We construct a measure of cumulative exposure to classmates who are at least two years older and show that such exposure is statistically significantly associated with early sexual initiation among adolescent girls. This exposure also increases the age difference between these girls and their first sexual partner, and helps explain a significant proportion of the earlier sexual debut of African girls, compared with colored and white girls in Cape Town.
dc.language en
dc.publisher Studies in Family Planning
dc.subject Cape Town
dc.subject South Africa
dc.subject Sexual behaviour
dc.subject CAPS
dc.subject School performance
dc.subject Grade repetition
dc.subject Sexual partners
dc.title The influence of older classmates on adolescent sexual behavior in Cape Town, South Africa
dc.type Journal Article en_ZA
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Article en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Commerce en_ZA
dc.publisher.department SALDRU en_ZA


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