Table 59.2Indicators of Sexual and Reproductive Behaviors among Adolescents and Youth by Gender and Age Group, Late 1990s to Early 2000s

a. Sexual Activity
Percentage of females age 20–24 who became sexually active before age Percentage of males age 20–24 who became sexually active before age
Region 15 18 20 15 18 20
East and Southern Africa175777144565
West and Central Africa215977124061
Caribbean and Central America134462317084
South America94161317387
Former Soviet Asia12053
Middle East
South and Southeast Asia
b. Marriage
Percentage of females age 20–24 who married before age Percentage of males age 20–24 who married before age
Region 18 20 18 20 Percentage of men age 20–24 ever married
East and Southern Africa37551428
West and Central Africa45601227
Caribbean and Central America35532238
South America23381429
Former Soviet Asia165024
Middle East234017
South and Southeast Asia426041
c. Childbearing
Percentage of females age 20–24 who had a child before age Percentage of males who ever fathered a child at age
Region 16 18 15–19 20–24
East and Southern Africa927224
West and Central Africa1331213
Caribbean and Central America722227
South America416323
Former Soviet Asia04
Middle East311
South and Southeast Asia924
d. Contraceptive Use
Percentage of sexually active females age 15–19 using contraception Percentage of sexually active females age 20–24 using contraception
Region All Unmarried All Unmarried
East and Southern Africa21283042
West and Central Africa20262335
Caribbean and Central America2436
South America28383359
Former Soviet Asia2543
Middle East
South and Southeast Asia

Source: National Research Council 2005.

— = not available.

From: Chapter 59, Adolescent Health Programs

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Disease Control Priorities in Developing Countries. 2nd edition.
Jamison DT, Breman JG, Measham AR, et al., editors.
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