Journal of
Public Health and Epidemiology

  • Abbreviation: J. Public Health Epidemiol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2316
  • DOI: 10.5897/JPHE
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 613

Full Length Research Paper

Prevalence, associated risk factors and consequences of premarital sex among female students in Aletawondo High School, Sidama Zone, Ethiopia

Emebet Tekletsadik
  • Emebet Tekletsadik
  • School of Public and Environmental Health, Hawassa University, Ethiopia
  • Google Scholar
Debebe Shaweno
  • Debebe Shaweno
  • School of Public and Environmental Health, Hawassa University, Ethiopia
  • Google Scholar
Deresse Daka*
  • Deresse Daka*
  • Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences, Hawassa University, Ethiopia
  • Google Scholar

  •  Received: 02 April 2014
  •  Accepted: 09 May 2014
  •  Published: 31 July 2014


Ahmed FA, Moussa KM, Petterson KO, Asamoah BO (2012). Assessing knowledge, attitude, and practice of emergency contraception: a cross- sectional study among Ethiopian undergraduate female students. BMC Public Health 12(110)
Centeral Statistical Agency (2012). Ethiopia Demographic and Health Survey 2011. ICF International Calverton, Maryland, USA.
Federal Ministry of Health (2004). Ethiopian strategic plan for intensifying Multi-Sectoral HIV/AIDS Response (2004 - 2008). FMOH, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Gyan Bahadur BC, Basel PL (2013). Premarital Sex Behaviors among College Youths of Kathmandu, Nepal. Kathmandu Univ. Med. J. 41(1):27-31.
Khalaj F, Farahani A, Cleland J, Hooshang A, Mehryar (2011). Associations between family factors and Premarital heterosexual relationships among female College Students in Tehran. Int. Perspect. Sexual Reprod. Health 37(1):30–9.
Lamesgin A (2013). HIV/AIDS and Sexual reproductive Health among university students in Ethiopia: A policy intervention framework. Health Policy Project, Washington DC.
Lee LK, Chen PC, Lee KK, Kaur J (2006). Premarital sexual intercourse among adolescents in Malaysia: a cross-sectional Malaysian school survey. Singapore Med. J. 47(6):476-81.
Mazengia F, Worku A (2009). Age at sexual initiation and factors associated with it among youths in North East Ethiopia. Ethiop J. Health Dev. 23(2):154-62.
Molla M, Berhane Y, Lindtjørn B (2008). Traditional values of virginity and sexual behavior in rural Ethiopian youth: results from a cross-sectional study. BMC Public Health 8(9).
Oljira L, Berhane Y, Worku A (2012). Pre-marital sexual debut and its associated factors among in-school adolescents in eastern Ethiopia. BMC Public Health 12:375.
Population Reference Bureau (2013). The World's Youth: Data Sheet.
Seme A, Wirtu D (2008). Premarital Sexual Practice among School Adolescents in Nekemte Town, East Wollega. Ethiop J. Health Dev. 22(2).
Tamire W, Enqueselassie F (2007). Knowledge, attitude, and practice on emergency contraceptives among female university students in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Ethiop. J. Health Dev. 21(2):111-6.
Thin Zaw P, Liabsuetrakul T, McNeil E, Htay T (2013). Gender differences in exposure to SRH information and risky sexual debut among poor Myanmar youths. BMC Public Health 13:1122.
WHO (2012a). From Evidence to Policy: Expanding access to Contraceptive services for adolescents. World Health Organization, Geneva.
WHO (2012b). Early marriages, adolescent and young pregnancies. World Health Organization, Geneva.
Wong LP (2012). Qualitative Inquiry into Premarital Sexual Behaviours and Contraceptive Use among Multiethnic Young Women: Implications for Education and Future Research. PLoS ONE 7(12):e51745. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0051745.