Youth risky sexual behavior in Guyana: An ecological perspective

dc.contributor.advisorSingelmann, Joachim
dc.contributor.advisorSunil, Thankam
dc.contributor.authorJohn, Samantha V.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberPotter, Lloyd B.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberSparks, P. Johnelle
dc.date.accessioned2024-02-12T14:41:08Z
dc.date.available2024-02-12T14:41:08Z
dc.date.issued2012
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dc.description.abstractThe goal of this dissertation was to examine the individual and community factors associated with risky sexual behavior among youth in Guyana in the context of gender and ethnicity by utilizing a nationally representative dataset. I also examined the role of gender and cultural norms in shaping youth risky sexual behavior independent of other individual factors. I used descriptive statistics, bivariate analyses, and nested multivariable models to identify the individual factors associated early sexual debut. I estimated a nested two-level random intercept model to identify the community factors associated with early sexual debut, controlling for individual factors and found that sexual behavior of adults was the only significant community factor. The main findings were that certain demographic, economic characteristics and cognitive characteristic were significantly associated with early sexual debut. The influence of gender and cultural norms on youth risky sexual behavior after controlling for other individual factors differs by ethnic group. The age of sexual debut of older adults was the only significant community characteristic associated with early sexual debut after controlling for individual factors. Strategies placing youth in proper gender, ethnic and place context should formulated and implemented to reduce youth risky sexual behavior among Caribbean youth.
dc.description.departmentDemography
dc.format.extent81 pages
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.isbn9781267842954
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12588/4085
dc.languageen
dc.subjectcommunity
dc.subjectearly sexual debut
dc.subjectGuyana
dc.subjectrisky sexual behavior
dc.subjectyouth
dc.subject.classificationDemography
dc.subject.classificationSociology
dc.titleYouth risky sexual behavior in Guyana: An ecological perspective
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.dcmiText
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thesis.degree.departmentDemography
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Texas at San Antonio
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy

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