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Table 2 Percentage distribution of sexual readiness, background and sexual characteristics of respondents by gender

From: What are the characteristics of ‘sexually ready’ adolescents? Exploring the sexual readiness of youth in urban poor Accra

Characteristics Total Female Male
Freq % Freq % Freq %
Sexual readiness (Dependent variable)
 0 106 54.1 57 55.9 49 52.1
 1 5 2.6 2 2.0 3 3.2
 2 37 18.9 20 19.6 17 18.1
 3 5 2.6 3 2.9 2 2.1
 4 27 13.8 15 14.7 12 12.8
 5 5 2.6 3 2.9 2 2.1
 6 11 5.6 2 2.0 9 9.6
Socio-demographic Characteristics
Age
 12–14 68 34.7 38 37.3 30 31.9
 15–17 66 33.7 31 30.4 35 37.2
 18–19 62 31.6 33 32.4 29 30.9
Highest educational level attained
 Primary and below 65 33.2 36 35.3 29 30.9
 Junior High School (JHS) 88 44.9 49 48.0 39 41.5
 Senior High School (SHS) 43 21.9 17 16.7 26 27.7
Socio-cultural Characteristics
Religious service attendance in past month
 At least once a week 113 57.6 56 54.9 57 60.6
 At least once a month 39 19.9 23 22.6 16 17.0
 Never 44 22.5 23 22.6 21 22.3
Ethnicity
 Akan 43 21.9 23 22.6 20 21.3
 Ga/Dangme 131 66.8 65 63.7 66 70.2
 Other 22 11.3 14 13.7 8 8.5
Locality
 James Town 78 39.8 41 40.2 37 39.4
 Ussher Town 118 60.2 61 59.8 57 60.6
Family Characteristics
Mother's highest educational level attained
 None/Pre-school 30 15.3 17 16.7 13 13.8
 Primary 28 14.3 12 11.8 16 17.0
 Secondary 82 41.8 41 40.2 41 43.6
 Don't Know 56 28.6 32 31.4 24 25.5
Living arrangements
 Parent/parent & relative 146 74.5 74 72.6 72 76.6
 Other relative/non-relative/alone 47 24.0 26 25.5 21 22.3
Missing 3 1.5 2 2.0 1 1.1
Parents’ marital status
 Currently married 72 36.7 37 36.3 35 37.2
 Not currently married 61 31.1 29 28.4 32 34.0
 Never married 22 11.2 13 12.8 9 9.6
 Parent(s) dead 39 19.9 22 21.6 17 18.1
Missing 2 1.0 1 1.0 1 1.1
Wealth index
 Poorest 39 19.9 17 16.7 22 23.4
 Poorer 42 21.4 22 21.6 20 21.3
 Middle 39 19.9 18 17.6 21 22.3
 Richer 37 18.9 22 21.6 15 16.0
 Richest 34 17.4 20 19.6 14 14.9
Missing 5 2.6 3 2.9 2 2.1
Sexual communication
 With parents only 101 51.5 54 52.9 47 50.0
 With friends only 42 21.4 27 26.5 15 16.0
 With both parents and friends 19 9.7 8 7.8 11 11.7
 With other(s) 34 17.4 13 12.8 21 22.3
Sexual Characteristics
Coital experiencea
 No 156 79.6 75 73.5 81 86.2
 Yes 40 20.4 27 26.5 13 13.8
Negative sexual experience
 No 158 80.6 77 75.5 81 86.2
 Yes 38 19.4 25 24.5 13 13.8
Exposure to pornographic moviesa
 No 121 61.7 73 71.6 48 51.1
 Yes 73 37.3 28 27.4 45 47.9
Missing 2 1.0 1 1.0 1 1.1
Total 196 100.0 102 100.0 94 100.0
  1. Source: RIPS Urban Health and Poverty Project, 2011
  2. aSignificantly different by gender at p < 0.05