Dating Violence and Self-Efficacy for Delayed Sex among Adolescents in Cape Town, South Africa

Isaac M. Boafo, Emmanuel A. Dagbanu, Kwaku Oppong Asante


In South Africa, dating violence is known to be widespread among adolescents, and is therefore a major public health issue because of its association with sexual risk behaviours. The objective of the study was to examine the relationship between dating violence and self-efficacy for delayed sex among school-going adolescents in Cape Town, South Africa. The study is based on analyses of data from a school-based health education programme targeting sexual and reproductive health issues.The study involved 3,655 school-going adolescents aged between 12 and 17 in Cape Town, South Africa. The data was collected by means of a self-administered questionnaire composed of 153 items on sexual and reproductive health, dating violence as well as sociodemographic characteristics. The results indicated that males showed a higher percentage of both dating violence victimization and perpetration, as compared to females. It was also found that adolescents from lower socio-economic backgrounds were more likely to be the victims of dating violence as compared to those from a higher socio-economic background. Female learners showed higher levels of self-efficacy for delayed sex than their male counterparts. Although the result revealed that there was a significant association between self-efficacy for delayed sex and socio-economic status, this link decreased with age. It is concluded that educational programmes aimed solely at improving self-efficacy for delayed sex is insufficient. Such programmes must also aim at preventing dating violence and equipping adolescents with the skills to negotiate their way out of dating violence. Afr J Reprod Health 2014; 18[2]: 46-57).


Keywords: STI, HIV, Sexual Risk Behavior, Sexual Debut, Coerced Sex




En Afrique du Sud, la violence dans les fréquentations est  très répandue chez les adolescents, et constitue donc un probleme majeur de santé publique en raison de son association avec les comportements sexuels à risque. L'objectif de l'étude était d'étudier la relation entre la violence dans les fréquentations et l'auto-efficacité pour le rapport sexuel retardé chez les adolescents qui fréquentent encore l’école  à Cape Town, en Afrique du Sud. L'étude est basée sur l'analyse des données d'un programme d'éducation sur la santé en milieu scolaire qui vise l’étude des problèmes de santé sexuelle et de la reproduction des adolescents.  L’étude concernait 3655 adolescents  âgés d’entre 12 et 17 ans au Cap, en Afrique du Sud. Les données ont été recueillies à l’aide d'un questionnaire auto-administré composé de 153 articles sur la santé sexuelle et de la reproduction, la violence dans les fréquentations ainsi que les caractéristiques socio- démographiques. Les résultats ont indiqué que les hommes ont enregistré un pourcentage plus élevé de victimes de la violence et sa dans les fréquentations et sa perpétration, par rapport aux femmes. Il a également été constaté que les adolescents issus de milieux socio-économiques défavorisés sont plus susceptibles d'être victimes de violence dans les fréquentations par rapport à ceux d'un milieu socio-économique plus élevé. Les apprenants de sexe féminin ont montré des niveaux plus élevés d'auto-efficacité pour le rapport sexuel retardé que leurs homologues masculins. Bien que le résultat ait révélé qu'il y avait une association significative entre l'auto-efficacité pour le rapport sexuel retardé et la situation socio-économique, ce lien diminue avec l'âge. Nous avons conclu que les programmes éducatifs qui visent uniquement à améliorer l'auto-efficacité pour le rapport sexuel retardé ne sont pas suffisants. Ces programmes doivent également viser à prévenir la violence dans les fréquentations et à donner aux adolescents les compétences nécessaires pour négocier leur moyen de sortir de violence dans les fréquentations. Afr J Reprod Health 2014; 18[2]: 46-57).


Mots-clés: IST,  VIH,  risque de comportement sexuel,  premiers rapports sexuels, rapports sexuels forcés

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