Reproductive Health Behaviour among In-School and Out-of School Youth in Kabarole District, Uganda

Bannet Ndyanabangi, Walter Kipp, Hans-Jochen Diesfeld

Abstract

This study was conducted to elucidate whether in-school adolescents have sexual behavioural patterns that differ from those of out-of-school adolescents. A total of 300 in-school and 256 out-of-school adolescents were interviewed. Condom use was significantly higher among in-school than out-of-school adolescents. In-school adolescents had fewer sexual partners in the previous year and had started sexual activities at a later age than out-of-school adolescents. In-school adolescents were more likely to have used modern contraceptive in the past than out-of-school adolescents. We conclude that out-of-school adolescents are less likely to practice safe sex and to use modern family planning methods than in-school adolescents. This indicates the need to provide more information to this group of adolescents. They are traditionally neglected in favour of inschool adolescents, who have greater access to information. (Afr J Reprod Health 2004; 8[3]:55-67)

 

Keywords: Modern contraceptives, HIV/AIDS, reproductive behaviour, adolescents, Uganda

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