Predictors of premarital sexual activity among unmarried youth in Vientiane, Lao PDR: The role of parent-youth interactions and peer influence

Sychareun, Vanphanom, Phengsavanh, Alongkone, Hansana, Visanou, Chaleunvong, Kongmany, Kounnavong, Sengchan, Sawhney, Monika and Durham, Jo (2013) Predictors of premarital sexual activity among unmarried youth in Vientiane, Lao PDR: The role of parent-youth interactions and peer influence. Global Public Health, 8 8: 958-975. doi:10.1080/17441692.2013.830755


Author Sychareun, Vanphanom
Phengsavanh, Alongkone
Hansana, Visanou
Chaleunvong, Kongmany
Kounnavong, Sengchan
Sawhney, Monika
Durham, Jo
Title Predictors of premarital sexual activity among unmarried youth in Vientiane, Lao PDR: The role of parent-youth interactions and peer influence
Journal name Global Public Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1744-1692
1744-1706
Publication date 2013-08-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/17441692.2013.830755
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 8
Issue 8
Start page 958
End page 975
Total pages 18
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract Research indicates that adolescents in low-income countries have an early sexual debut and engage in risky sexual behaviours. Few studies in low-income countries however, have explored the factors that influence young people's sexual behaviours. This study examined individual, family and peer-level factors associated with premarital sexual behaviours in the Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR). A cross-sectional survey was undertaken with unmarried youth aged 18 to 24 years (N = 1200) in Vientiane Capital City. Logistic regression models, controlling for confounding variables, were employed to test for the contribution of factors influencing premarital sexual activity. Most respondents held positive attitudes towards premarital sex, with males having more liberal attitudes than females (mean score of 2.68 vs. 2.32, p < 0.001). Prevalence of premarital sexual activity was higher among males than females (44.7% and 19.2%, respectively). Predictors of premarital sex for males were age, sexual attitudes, perceived parental expectations regarding sex, dating and peer influence. For females, predictors were father's level of education, parent-youth sexual communication, peer influence and liberal sexual attitudes. The results highlight the role of parent-youth interaction and peer influence. The results suggest the need for a range of strategies at the individual, peer and family level, as well as a gender-specific focus.
Keyword Health behaviour and attitudes
Premarital sexuality
Quantitative
Statistical
Adolescence
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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