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Table 6 Personal attitudes and peer influences regarding sexuality and reproductive health (N = 326)

From: Knowledge, attitudes and peer influences related to pregnancy, sexual and reproductive health among adolescents using maternal health services in Ugu, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Personal attitude statements Frequencies (n) Percentages (%)
Sex before marriage is acceptable.
 Agree 79 24.2%
 Disagree 233 71.5%
 Strongly disagree 14 4.3%
For a woman, having multiple sex partners is an indication of her attractiveness.
 Agree 10 3.1%
 Disagree 240 73.6%
 Strongly disagree 76 23.3%
It is important for a man to have multiple sex partners to prove his manhood.
 Agree 6 1.8%
 Strongly Agree 1 0.3%
 Disagree 142 43.6%
 Strongly disagree 177 54.3%
A female who remains a virgin during her adolescence is old-fashioned.
 Agree 61 18.7%
 Strongly agree 1 0.3%
 Disagree 242 74.2%
 Strongly disagree 22 6.7%
Having a baby at an early age is a sign of maturity.
 Agree 43 13.2%
 Strongly agree 1 0.3%
 Disagree 272 83.4%
 Strongly disagree 10 3.1%
Abstaining from sex is difficult during adolescence.
 Agree 87 26.7%
 Strongly agree 2 0.6%
 Disagree 236 72.4%
 Strongly disagree 1 0.3%
Using a condom during sexual intercourse reduces sexual pleasure.
 Agree 53 16.3%
 Strongly agree 2 0.6%
 Disagree 265 265 (81.3%)
 Strongly disagree 6 6 (1.8%)
The use of contraceptives cause sterility in women.
 Agree 101 31%
 Strongly agree 1 0.3%
 Disagree 221 67.8%
 Strongly disagree 3 0.9%
Family planning services can prevent an unwanted pregnancy.
 Agree 283 86.8%
 Strongly Agree 4 1.2%
 Disagree 39 12%
I would be too embarrassed to buy or find condoms.
 Agree 78 23.9%
 Strongly agree 3 0.9%
 Disagree 240 73.6%
 Strongly disagree 5 1.5%
My partner would reject me if I asked him to use a condom.
 Agree 53 16%
 Strongly agree 1 0.3%
 Disagree 267 81.9%
 Strongly disagree 6 1.8%
Females are responsible for protection during sexual intercourse.
 Agree 216 66.3%
 Strongly agree 2 0.6%
 Disagree 106 32.5%
 Strongly disagree 2 0.6%
 Peer influence statements Response (n) Percentage (%)
Most of my friends believe in waiting for marriage to have sex.
 Agree 76 23.3%
 Strongly agree 1 0.3%
 Disagree 231 70.9%
 Strongly disagree 18 5.5%
Most of my friends do not believe in using contraception.
 Agree 144 44.2%
 Strongly agree 5 1.5%
 Disagree 176 54%
 Strongly disagree 1 0.3%
Most of friends do not believe in using condoms.
 Agree 124 38%
 Strongly agree 5 1.5%
 Disagree 195 59.8%
 Strongly disagree 2 0.6%
How many of your friends are adolescent mothers?
 Many 31 9.5%
 Some 23 7.1%
 A few 164 50.3%
 None 104 31.9%
 Do not know 4 1.2%