Sexual Behaviors among War-Affected Male Youth in Sierra Leone

Kendra DeLoach McCutcheon, Binta Alleyne-Green, Alex Kulick, Kimberly Bonds Grocher, Theresa S. Betancourt

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We are interested in examining the trajectory of sexual behaviors and practices that have yet to be examined among a sample of adolescents affected by war. This study explored sexual behaviors among a sample of adolescent males whose childhoods were affected by war (N=169), in post-conflict Sierra Leone. Results indicated that age of sexual debut was significantly associated with condom use. Specifically, those who had a sexual debut as mid-adolescents (15-17 years old) were less likely to have used a condom, compared to those who had a sexual debut as adults (18 or older). Furthermore, age was also significantly associated with having multiple partners in the last year. Older respondents indicated higher odds of having multiple partners. Findings suggest that this population may benefit from health education campaigns that include early intervention that focus on healthy sexual behaviors.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages14
JournalPeace and Conflict
StatePublished - Dec 2 2019


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