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Perceived peer influence on sexual behaviour among secondary schools adolescents in Tanzania

Paulina Mabuga, University of Dar es Salaam

The present study investigated the perceived peer influence on adolescents’ sexual behaviour among secondary school students in Tanzania. The study focused on 5 randomly selected secondary schools in Dar es Salaam. The sample included 351 secondary schools adolescents and 5 secondary schools teachers. Both qualitative and quantitative techniques were used. The findings revealed that intention to have sexual intercourse was significantly associated with perceived peer influence. Male adolescents were more likely to intend to have sexual intercourse than female adolescents. Furthermore, findings revealed that there was a relationship between perception of condom use and perceived peer influence towards condom use. Lastly the findings indicate that adolescents perceived peer influence towards condom use were not expected accept sexual intercourse without using condom. Basing on the findings, this study therefore recommends that HIV programme/ interventions need to encourage the use of peers in fighting against the epidemic.

Presented in Poster Session 3