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Document Type
Analytical Studies
Publication Topic(s)
Fertility and Fertility Preferences, Gender, Youth
Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, CAR, Chad, Comoros, Cote d'Ivoire, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea , Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
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Mahy, Mary and Neeru Gupta. 2002. Trends and Differentials in Adolescent Reproductive Behavior in Sub-Saharan Africa. DHS Analytical Studies No. 3. Calverton, Maryland, USA: ORC Macro.
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Publication Date
July 2002
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Fertility levels in sub-Saharan Africa are among the highest in the world. Much of the high fertility can be attributed to young age at first sex, young age at first union, and young age at first birth. At the same time, there is wide variation in early initiation of reproductive behavior across countries and between subgroups in the same country. This paper examines the trends and differentials in age at first sex, age at first union, and age at first birth in the adolescent populations in selected sub-Saharan countries.


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