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Table 2 Association between parent and child perspectives on the triggers of sexual communication by selected background characteristics of child

From: Parent–child communication about sexual and reproductive health: evidence from the Brong Ahafo region, Ghana

Variable Parent’s own initiation Suspicion Event driven Child asked a question
Parent Child Parent Child Parent Child Parent Child
Sex of child * *   *   *   *
Female 58.6 57.6 21.3 19.4 18.8 20.1 1.9 2.9
Male 59.7 68.4 19.8 15.4 18.4 15.4 1.9 0.8
Age group *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
10-14 72.3 84.9 5.0 4.1 19.9 9.6 2.8 1.4
15-19 52.3 56.6 24.8 20.1 20.5 21.7 2.3 1.6
20-24 58.5 52.8 26.6 25.0 14.4 19.4 0.5 2.8
Parent connectedness * * * * * * * *
Not close 40.0 37.5 20.0 25.0 40.0 37.5 0.0 0.0
Somewhat close 54.9 58.4 23.2 21.5 21.5 20.1 0.4 0.0
Very close 62.5 65.8 18.9 14.9 15.7 16.1 2.9 3.2
Place of residence         
Rural 58.7 61.9 22.2 19.5 18.1 17.9 1.0 0.7
Urban 59.6 63.4 18.8 15.3 18.8 17.9 2.9 3.4
Stay with parent   **   **   **   **
Partial stay 59.0 54.7 22.9 23.3 15.7 16.3 2.4 5.8
Continuous stay 59.1 64.0 20.2 16.6 18.8 18.2 1.8 1.2
  1. Note: Statistical test compares differences between mothers and fathers for each variable. *P < 0.05. **P < 0.01. ***P <0.001.