Washington DC: Population Council, 2008. 17 p.
Studies in Family Planning, Volume 39, Number 4, December 2008
This study is an article extracted from "Studies in Family Planning" published in December 2008. The objective of this study is to analyse the sexual transition in Mali, and more precisely in a poor zone of Bamako. It is based mainly on a survey (a questionnaire ) conducted in 2002 to 2000 young people from urban and rural area. The analysis consisted of descriptive statistics, survival curves and logistic regressions. The study provided indicators of the links between sexual transition, the modernization of Malian society, and sociocultural and economic trends. Among women, first sex and motherhood are taking place slightly later, and a minority is now dissociating sexuality and procreation. Girl's sexual activity before procreation is influenced by lower religiosity and the impact of female education. On the contrary, among men, fatherhood depends on the context : it is more delayed among better-educated, wealthier, and less religious urban men than in a traditional context. The study concludes with an analysis of the possible association of the sexual transition with young people 's increased vulnerability resulting from their adoption of risky sexual behaviours and from unfavourable conditions surrounding the arrival of their first child.
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