Determinants of Age at First Sexual Intercourse Among Women in Rural Ethiopia
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Volume 4, Issue 6, November 2019, Pages: 80-85
Received: Apr. 24, 2019; Accepted: Jul. 17, 2019; Published: Dec. 27, 2019
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Yihenew Mitiku, Department of Statistics, Assosa University, Assosa, Ethiopia
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Age at first sex has important implications for gender relations and the organization of family life for in societies. This study aimed to investigate the determinant factors of age at first sexual intercourse among women in Rural Ethiopia. The 2011 Ethiopian Demographic and Health Survey was used to explore the determinant factors of age at first sexual intercourse. The study considered 10,417 women aged 15-49 years from nine regions and one city administration. The accelerated failure time models were employed with the help of R statistical package and STATA soft wares. The median time of age at first sexual intercourse was 17 year with 95% CI; (16.90, 17.11). Log-logistic accelerated failure time model was better than weibull and log-normal models based on Akaike’s information criterion and graphical evidence. The result showed that, region, women’s educational level, wealth index and religion were significantly affect timing of first sexual intercourse. Women who had secondary and higher education prolonged time-to-first sexual intercourse by the factor of ф = 1.38 and ф = 1.34. Improving girls and young women access to education is important for rising the women age at first sexual intercourse, which is vital for empowering them and enhancing their participation in any sector.
Survival Data Analysis, Acceleration Factor, Time to First Sexual Intercourse
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Yihenew Mitiku, Determinants of Age at First Sexual Intercourse Among Women in Rural Ethiopia, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Vol. 4, No. 6, 2019, pp. 80-85. doi: 10.11648/j.bmb.20190406.11
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