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Table 3 Selected characteristics for young women (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 = 299) Peri-Urban (n = 300) Urban (n = 299) Urban (n = 180)
Socio-Demographic characteristics
Mean Age [SD] 18.2 [2.66] 18.5 [2.69] 18.8 [2.75] 18.6 [2.67]
In union (legally married or common law) (%) 28.2 24.0 18.1 15.6
Household composition (%)     
 Lives with at least one parent 63.8 61.7 58.9 41.7
 Lives with spouse/partner 25.9 23.7 17.7 18.3
 Lives with other family/non-family 10.3 14.7 23.4 40.0
 Region of origin- Imerina (%) 93.4 88.0 78.6 6.7
Socio-economic characteristics
Mean highest level of Education [SD] 6.7 [2.71] 7.6 [3.25] 8.6 [3.30] 8.3 [2.96]
Median Expenditures last mth (in 1000 MGA) [IQR] 18 [2, 60] 20 [4, 78] 20 [5.6, 48] 21.5 [9.3, 81]
Receives money from parents (%) 30.7 43.8 42.9 41.7
Household in 2 poorest quintiles (%) 81.4 34.7 24.8 12.8
sexual behaviour characteristics
Have ever had sex (%) 42.9 47.3 41.8 61.7
Had two or more sex partners in last 12 months (%) 1.8 3.9 5.5 19.4
Have ever had sex in order to receive goods/money (%) 0.0 4.9 0.80 19.8
Consumption of designer goods and modern lifestyle
Used their cell phone yesterday (%) 12.6 15.3 25.1 33.9
Fashionable items obtained in last six months (%)     
 0 items 21.6 24.3 22.7 35.6
 1-3 items 54.5 43.3 42.8 36.1
 4 + items 23.9 32.3 34.5 28.3
Used internet in last six months (%) 2.3 7.0 19.4 11.7
Went to nightclub in last six months (%) 0.7 2.3 5.4 8.3
Drank alcohol in last 4 weeks (%) 5.6 3.3 7.7 1.7
Perceptions concerning fashion     
I am fashionable (%):     
 Rarely/Never 74.8 75.3 82.9 73.9
 Sometimes 13.3 5.0 14.4 19.4
 For parties/Often/Always 12.0 19.7 2.7 6.7
Fashion is important(%):     
 Not at all 27.9 59.3 55.5 55.0
 Somewhat 55.8 38.0 32.1 39.4
 Important/Very Important 16.3 2.7 12.4 5.6