This research was supported by the National Institute of Mental Health (R34MH092199) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (K12HS022981).
Sex differences, Reproductive health, HIV (Viruses) -- Botswana -- Risk factors, Sexual health, Teenagers -- Botswana -- Family relationships
Adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa and in Botswana in particular continue to bear the brunt of the HIV epidemic. This analysis assessed gender differences among theory-based sexual and reproductive health protective and risk factors in a cross-sectional sample of 228 Batswana adolescents. Incongruence between preferred and actual sources of sexual information and several important gender differences in parent-adolescent relationships, psychosocial influences, and adolescent sexual behaviors were identified. Parents were the fourth most common source of information about sex; yet, over three-quarters of adolescents preferred to have parents teach them about sex. Boys reported more positive relationships with their parents and girls reported more positive attitudes toward transactional sex. Both boys and girls reported similarly low levels of parental monitoring, parental communication, and parental responsiveness, all of which are important protective factors. These findings suggest interventions should address these gender differences and consider offering parallel interventions for adolescents and their parents in Botswana.
Sun, Christina J.; Seloilwe, Esther S.; Magowe, Mabel; Dithole, Kefalotse S.; Miller, Kim S.; and St. Lawrence, Janet S., "Gender Differences in Sexual and Reproductive Health Protective and Risk Factors of Batswana Adolescents: Implications for Parent and Adolescent Interventions" (2018). OHSU-PSU School of Public Health Faculty Publications and Presentations. 142.