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Table 2 Selected characteristics for young men (ages 15–24) by region and type of residence, Madagascar (2009)

From: Consuming sex: the association between modern goods, lifestyles and sexual behaviour among youth in Madagascar

  Antananarivo Antsiranana
  Rural (n = 324) Peri-Urban (n = 325) Urban (n = 326) Urban (n = 200)
Socio-demographic characteristics
Mean Age [SD] 18.7 [2.68] 18.5 [2.72] 18.9 [2.69] 18.5 [2.70]
In union (legally married or common law) (%) 9.9 7.4 8.9 6.5
Household composition (%)     
 Lives with at least one parent 78.4 80.3 70.3 57.5
 Lives with spouse/partner 8.3 7.4 11.0 9.0
 Lives with other family/non-family 13.3 12.3 18.7 33.5
Region of origin- Imerina (%) 97.2 86.2 84.1 10.5
Socio-economic characteristics
Mean highest level of Education [SD] 6.8 [2.70] 7.8 [2.95] 9.0 [3.06] 9.0 [2.57]
Median Expenditures last mth (in 1000 MGA) [IQR] 24 [4, 60] 15 [4, 45] 20 [6.8, 60] 10 [4, 30]
Receives money from parents (%) 16.1 49.3 64.9 75.5
Household in 2 poorest quintiles (%) 86.1 26.5 21.8 10.0
sexual behaviour characteristics
Have ever had sex (%) 43.8 46.5 58.3 61.5
Had two or more sex partners in last 12 months (%) 32.2 23.1 32.5 34.8
Consumption of designer goods and modern lifestyle
Used their cell phone yesterday (%) 9.6 13.9 21.5 32.0
Fashionable items obtained in last six months (%)     
 0 items 39.5 24.3 9.5 39.0
 1-3 items 51.9 45.2 43.6 37.0
 4 + items 8.6 30.5 46.9 24.0
Used internet in last six months (%) 2.8 6.8 30.4 19.0
Went to nightclub in last six months (%) 4.9 7.7 12.0 18.5
Drank alcohol in last 4 weeks (%) 39.5 21.2 23.0 28.0
Perceptions concerning fashion     
I am fashionable (%):     
 Rarely/Never 87.7 80.6 97.9 80.0
 Sometimes 6.2 13.5 1.5 7.5
 For Parties/Often/Always 6.2 5.9 0.6 12.5
Fashion is important (%):     
 Not at all 64.5 44.9 38.7 55.0
 Somewhat 31.2 47.1 54.9 36.0
 Important/Very Important 4.3 8.0 6.4 9.0