The impact of transport problems on sexual behaviour among students in secondary schools in Dar es Salaam city, Tanzania.

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University of Dar es Salaam
The purpose of the present study was to examine the impact of transport problems on sexual behaviors among secondary school students and it focuses on the age when adolescent become sexually active, the age of their sexual partners, the number of sexual partners adolescents have and/or the safe sex practices of adolescents. The sample consisted of 249 secondary school students in Dar es Salaam. Data on transport problems were collected in a field survey conducted in Dar es Salaam and the unit of analysis was the individual level. The Chi-square and Bivariate analysis was used to assess correlation between a number of variables, and the analysis shows that there is a strong correlation between sex of students and those who had ever been in sexual relationship with bus drivers/conductors/taxi drivers. The majority of students are sexually active, yet many do not take appropriate precautions to prevent pregnancy or the spread of sexually transmitted infections. As we can see in this study, over half of the students of both sexes reported having their first sexual relation between ages of 14 and 15 years. Female students were found to be affected more than male students. According to this circumstance, the majority of female respondents decided to have sexual relationship with conductors, bus drivers and taxi drivers in order to overcome transport problems. The results of this study show that the information and education campaigns are needed to encourage students to change their sexual behavior to avoid both unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV infections. The government is also advised to provide school buses to reduce transport problems of students.
Available in print form, East Africana Collection, Dr. Wilbert Chagula Library
Sexual behaviour, Transport problems, Secondary school students, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Malisa, M. (2009) The impact of transport problems on sexual behaviour among students in secondary schools in Dar es Salaam city, Tanzania, Master dissertation, Univeristy of Dar es Salaam.