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Childhood sexual abuse experiences and its associated factors among adolescent female high school students in Arbaminch town, Gammo Goffa zone, Southern Ethiopia: A mixed method study

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dc.contributor.author Mekuria, A., Nigussie, A., & Abera, M.
dc.date.accessioned 2015-10-27T16:47:31Z
dc.date.available 2015-10-27T16:47:31Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.citation Mekuria, A., Nigussie, A., & Abera, M. (2015). Childhood sexual abuse experiences and its associated factors among adolescent female high school students in Arbaminch town, Gammo Goffa zone, Southern Ethiopia: A mixed method study. BMC international health and human rights, 15(1), 21. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4538742/pdf/12914_2015_Article_59.pdf
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/2598
dc.description.abstract Childhood sexual abuse is a major social problem in Africa including Ethiopia. Moreover, little has been explored about the pattern of childhood sexual abuse in the context of high school students in Ethiopia in general and in Arbaminch town in particular. Thus, the present study aims to assess the prevalence and associated factors of childhood sexual abuse among adolescent female high school students in Arbaminch town. Methods: A school- based, cross-sectional study was conducted among adolescent female high school students in Arbaminch town from 3rd to 8th March 2014. Both quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection were used. For the quantitative data, a simple random sampling technique was used to select 369 female students from grade ten of the six high schools. A pre-tested, self-administered questionnaire was used to collect the data and then analysis was made using SPSS version 20 statistical packages. For the qualitative component, fourteen in-depth interviews were conducted and analysed based on the thematic areas. Result: The prevalence of life time rape among adolescent female high school students in Arbaminch town was 11 %. The odds of experiencing life time rape was higher among students who lived alone (AOR = 4.30; 95 % CI: 1.81, 10.24) and among students who lived with their friends (AOR = 3.31; 95 % CI: 1.23, 8.89) than those lived with their parents. The chance of experiencing rape among students who have had no open discussions with their parents about sexuality and reproductive health was higher (AOR = 2.93; 95 % CI: 1.33, 6.45) than those who have had discussions. Conclusion: This study revealed high levels of childhood sexual abuse among the adolescent female high school students in Arbaminch town. Ever having a discussion about sexuality and reproductive health with parents, living arrangement of the student, and father’s educational status had statistically significant association with childhood sexual abuse. Unwanted pregnancy and abortion were the most common reproductive outcomes of rape. Comprehensive school based reproductive health education, community based awareness creation, open discussions about sexuality and reproductive health matters with students at family level are recommended. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher BMC international health and human rights en_US
dc.subject child sexual abuse en_US
dc.subject International Resources en_US
dc.subject Ethiopia en_US
dc.subject adolescents en_US
dc.title Childhood sexual abuse experiences and its associated factors among adolescent female high school students in Arbaminch town, Gammo Goffa zone, Southern Ethiopia: A mixed method study en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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