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Family instability and early initiation of sexual activity in Western Kenya.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23055236     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Epidemiological, economic, and social forces have produced high levels of volatility in family and household structure for young people growing up in sub-Saharan Africa in recent decades. However, scholarship on the family to date has not examined the influence of this family instability on young people's well-being. The current study employs unique life history calendar data from Western Kenya to investigate the relationship between instability in caregiving and early initiation of sexual activity. It draws on a body of work on parental union instability in the United States, and examines new dimensions of family change. Analyses reveal a positive association between transitions in primary caregiver and the likelihood of early sexual debut that is rapidly manifested following caregiver change and persists for a short period. The association is strongest at early ages, and there is a cumulative effect of multiple caregiver changes. The results highlight the importance of studying family stability in sub-Saharan Africa, as distinct from family structure, and for attention to dimensions such as age and recency.
Authors:
Rachel E Goldberg
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Demography     Volume:  50     ISSN:  0070-3370     ISO Abbreviation:  Demography     Publication Date:  2013 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-03-22     Completed Date:  2013-07-12     Revised Date:  2014-08-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0226703     Medline TA:  Demography     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  725-50     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adolescent
Cross-Sectional Studies
Demography
Family Characteristics*
Female
Humans
Interviews as Topic
Kenya
Male
Regression Analysis
Sexual Behavior / statistics & numerical data*
Social Desirability
Young Adult
Grant Support
ID/Acronym/Agency:
R21 HD053587/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; R21-HD053587/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; R24 HD041020/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; R24 HD047879/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; T32 HD007338/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; T32-HD007338/HD/NICHD NIH HHS
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