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J Interpers Violence. 2016 Feb;31(4):555-71. doi: 10.1177/0886260514556104. Epub 2014 Nov 6.

Correlates of Self-Report of Rape Among Male School Adolescents in Ile-Ife, Nigeria.

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Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.
Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD, USA.


This study examined male adolescents' self-report of rape of adolescent girls and the socio-demographic variables that correlated with self-report of rape. Descriptive-correlational design was used and the study was conducted in five public senior secondary schools in Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Three hundred and thirty-eight male adolescents participated in the study. A structured questionnaire was used to collect data. Findings from the study revealed the mean age of the adolescent males to be 16 years, with the majority (73%) of them in the middle adolescent stage. Six percent of the adolescent males reported they had raped an adolescent girl in the past. Among the boys who reported rape, 55% reported they had raped their sexual partners, and 55% reported they had perpetrated gang rape. Smoking (p = .0001), alcohol consumption (p = .001), and birth order (p = .006) predicted self-report of rape. The coefficient of birth order showed that odds of self-report of rape by first-born male increases by 6 times compared with other children. Study findings also provided evidence that adolescent males are moving from lone rape to gang rape in intimate partner relationships. Male adolescents are important group to target in rape prevention programs.


adolescent victims; alcohol and drugs; date rape; prevention; sexual assault; sexual offenders

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