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Trends, Determinants and Health Risks of Adolescent Fatherhood in Sub-Saharan Africa

Amoo, Emmanuel O. and lgbinoba, Angela O. and Imhonopi, , David and Banjo, Olufunmilayo and Ajaero, Chukwuedozie K. and Akinyemi, Joshua O. and lgbokwe, David and Solanke, Bola Lukman (2018) Trends, Determinants and Health Risks of Adolescent Fatherhood in Sub-Saharan Africa. Ethiop J Health Sci., 28 (4). pp. 433-442.

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BACKGROUND: This study examined the trends, determinants and health risks of adolescent fatherhood in three selected African countries where adolescent-girl pregnancy/motherhood are decried but with permissive male sexual latitude. METHODS: Adolescent male data were extracted from the malerecode datasets of Demographic Health Survey (2000-2014) for Nigeria, Ethiopia and Zambia. The surveys were grouped into 3- Wcwes: (2000-2004); (2005-2008) and (2011-2014). The study employed descriptive and binary logistics that tested the log-odds of adolescent fatherhood with respect to selected sexual behaviour indices, and indMdual and shared demographic variables. RESULTS: The results revealed that the number of lifetimesexual- partners among the boys is ~. The likelihood of adolescent fatherhood is positively associated with increasing age at first cohabitation and multiple sexual partnerships P-)) having OR=1.673 and OR=1. 769 in 200512008 and 201U2014 respectively. Adolescents who had attained tertiary education, and engaged in professional and skilled jobs were 0.313, 0.213 and 0.403 times (respectively) less likely to have ever-fathered a child. The positive association between rural place of residence and adolescent fatherhood in the past shifted to urban residents in 201112014. CONCLUSION: The study concludes that early sexual activities and cohabitation are common among male adolescents among the countries of study. The authors recommend discouragement of boy-girl cohabitation, increasing access to higher education and job opportunities in order to stem boy-fatherhood incidence in the study locations and, by extension, other countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adolescent fatherhood, sexual behaviour, trends, determinants, health risks, lifetime-sexual-partners
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2018 12:28
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2018 12:28

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