Prevalence and Risk Factors Associated with Forced-Sex Among South African High School Students

Saloshni Naidoo*, Benn Sartorius, Hein de Vries, Myra Taylor

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Abstract

Sexual violence, a global concern, has far reaching consequences for individuals and communities. This survey of South African high school students, reported baseline prevalence and factors associated with forced sex. Data collected among 434 adolescents (54.4% boys; 45.6% girls) used a questionnaire developed using the I-Change Model conceptual framework. Forced sex prevalence was 14.2% (95% CI 9.1, 21.5) with a non-significant difference between females (15.0%) and males (13.6%) (p = 0.781). After multivariable adjustment, urban location (39%), low socio-economic status (15%) and discordant mother/father vital status (20%) remained significant risk factors for forced sex. South African high school students are still at risk of experiencing forced sex with a higher prevalence in females. Interventions to address socio-economic and structural constructs contributing to the forced sex prevalence in this population are required.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1035-1043
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Community Health
Volume42
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Gender
  • Violence
  • Socioeconomics
  • ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES
  • INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE
  • GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE
  • ABUSE
  • HIV
  • ADOLESCENTS
  • BEHAVIOR
  • MOTHERS
  • HEALTH
  • WOMEN

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