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Table 2 Characteristics of sexual initiation by first sexual partner's age

From: Age differences at sexual debut and subsequent reproductive health: Is there a link?

Age difference between respondent and partner at first sex Younger or less than 5 years older 5 to 9 years older 10 or more years older
  % (n) % (n) % (n)
Age of sexual initiation    
   ≤ 14 18.7 (73) 23.0 (38) 14.0 (6)
   15–17 54.2 (212) 49.7 (82) 46.5 (20)
   ≥ 18 27.1 (106) 27.3 (45) 39.5 (17)
   χ 2 p-value 0.307   
   Mean (yrs) 16.3 16.2 16.9
Age difference between respondent and partner    
   Mean (yrs) 2.1 6.3 13.0
Relationship to first sexual partner*    
   Husband 0.5 (2) 1.8 (3) 4.9 (2)
   Boyfriend 96.4 (376) 95.2 (157) 87.8 (36)
   Friend 2.3 (9) 1.2 (2) 4.9 (2)
   Other 0.8 (3) 1.8 (3) 2.4 (1)
   χ 2 p-value 0.091   
Used a condom at first sex    
   Yes 23.0 (90) 17.6 (29) 18.6 (8)
   No 77.0 (301) 82.4 (136) 81.4 (35)
   χ 2 p-value 0.326   
  1. Notes: n = 599. *3 women were missing data.