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Emerging Teen Fatherhood and its implications for National Development

Amoo, Emmanuel O. (2012) Emerging Teen Fatherhood and its implications for National Development. Journal of Population Association of Nigeria, 4 (1). pp. 93-111. ISSN 1597-0612

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While girl-teen pregnancy is frowned at world-wide, the acquiescence of many communities and cultures towards teen fatherhood is appalling in developing nations especially in sub-Saharan Africa. The study examined the prevalence and implications of teen fatherhood on national development. Structured face-to-face interviewed technique was used among 200 teen-males that were randomly selected from Ado/Odo Ota local government area of Ogun State. Data were analyzed using univariate and logistic multivariate techniques. The result revealed that 35 percent of the respondents had fathered at least child and 61.4 percent were involved in multiple sexual partnerships. The study also showed that teens’ involvement in sexual activities is positively associated with paternal income and mothers’ education. It indicated that respondents that adopted condoms, pills and local herbs for protection were 0.647 and 0.332 times less likely to be involved in multiple sexual partnerships compared to teenagers who used no form of protection. It revealed that age, religious affiliation and knowledge about the mode of HIV transmission were statistically insignificant correlates of involvement in multiple sexual partnering. The study concludes that teen fatherhood would have negative developmental effects for the father, the children and the mother. The author recommended that action-based home-front enlightenment towards the implications of pre-mature sexual activities is expedient in order to raise healthy population with potential for sustainable development. Key words: Teens, fatherhood, sexual activity, STIs, child

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Dr. Emmanuel O. Amoo
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2015 21:12
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2015 21:12

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