The town is located 427 kilo meters to the North West of Addis Ababa.There are 2 high schools in the town - Dejazemach Bekele high school and Mekonnen Shendi preparatory school.Sample size was calculated using a single population proportion formula based on the assumptions of 20.2% prevalence (P) of premarital sex among in-school youths in Injibara town of Awi zone , a 95% confidence level (Za/2), a 4% margin of error (d), a design effect of 2 and a 10% non-response rate.
Thus, this study tried to explore premarital sexual practices and associated factors among in-school youths in Shendi town of North West Ethiopia.
A cross-sectional study with quantitative and qualitative data collection methods was conducted from December 2011 to January 2012 to assess the prevalence of premarital sex and associated sexual and reproductive health risks among in-school youths of Shendi town, West Gojjam Zone, Amhara National Regional State, Ethiopia.
The mean (SD) age at first sexual intercourse was 16 .48 (1.59) for males and 15.89 (1.68) for females.
More than three - fourth of sexually active in-school youths engaged in premarital sexual relationship before celebrating their 18th birthday.
Binary and multiple logistic regression analyses were performed to examine the relationship between premarital sexual practices and selected exposure variables.
Nearly one fifth 157 (19%) of the participants reported having had premarital sexual intercourse, of which 91 (22.7%) were males and 66 (15.5%) were females.
Conclusion: The friendship and daily life outside the home could be very influential toward the premarital sex practices among the junior high school students within the scope research respondents’ area.
Youth who begin early pre-marital sexual activity are more likely to be engaged in unsafe sex.
Early sexual debut puts them at increased risk for acquiring or transmitting sexually transmitted infections, including HIV; and makes them highly vulnerable to unwanted pregnancy and its consequences.
This study was conducted to assess premarital sexual practices and its predictors among in-school youths in North West Ethiopia.