Socio-Economic Predictors of Sexual Practices of Unmarried Adolescent Girls in Makoko Community, Lagos, Nigeria

Idongesit Eshiet, University of Lagos
Michael Kunnuji, University of Lagos
Temitope Owolabi, University of Lagos

Makoko is an urban slum located within the Lagos metropolis of Nigeria. It is a multi-ethnic fishing community with an estimated population of 85,840. A lot of adolescent girls reside in Makoko. This study aims at investigating the socio-economic predictors of unmarried adolescent girls’ sexual practices in Makoko. Adolescence is a period of heightened sexual interest which may predispose adolescent girls to indulge in sexual practices that may affect their reproductive health. So how does living arrangement, educational status, knowledge of sex, religion, income, etc. influence adolescent girls’ sexual practices such as multiplicity of partners, unprotected sex, etc.? The study will utilize mixed methods to gather both quantitative and qualitative data using cross sectional survey and in-depth interview methods respectively. Data will be gathered from a sample of 280 unmarried adolescent girls’ ages 10-19. Quantitative data will be analyzed using SPSS and result presented in multivariate, bivariate and univariate statistics.

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  Presented in Session P1. Poster Session 1