Lifting the Curtain on the Conditions of Sexual Initiation among Youth in Ethiopia

Lifting the Curtain on the Conditions of Sexual Initiation among Youth in Ethiopia

Secondary Authors: Tefera Belachew, Fasil Tessema
TitleLifting the Curtain on the Conditions of Sexual Initiation among Youth in Ethiopia
Publication TypeWorking Paper
Secondary AuthorsBelachew T, Tessema F
Year of Publication2012
Number2012-01
Date Published02/01/2012
Abstract

Deriving accurate estimates of the level of sexual coercion is challenging because of the stigma that is attached to the experience. This study examines the effectiveness of a nonverbal response card method to reduce social desirability bias in reports of the conditions of sexual initiation among youth in southwestern Ethiopia. The nonverbal response card provides an effective method for reducing social desirability bias when soliciting responses to sensitive questions in the context of an interviewer-administered survey. The analysis also suggests that coerced sexual initiation is underreported by youth in interviewer-administered surveys that use conventional verbal responses.

KeywordsInitiation of sexual intercourse, Non-verbal response card, Sexual coercion, Social desirability bias
ISSN NumberISSN 2163-0062 (online)