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Table 10 Perceptions of community beliefs regarding men's motivations for ADTS

From: Personal beliefs and social norms regarding the sexual exploitation of girls in age-disparate transactional sexual relationships in Brazil: a mixed-methods study

  Responses Age group Gender
Phrases Most people or everyone Half Few or no one No answer Df = 12 Df = 5
How many people in your community believe that… n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%) x2, p-value x2, p-value
Men get involved with girls because they cannot control their sexual desires 190 (46.1) 65 (15.8) 131 (31.8) 26 (6.3) 16.719, 0.161 3.809, 0.283
Men think that the body of a girl is more attractive than that of a woman 215 (52.2) 87 (21.1) 92 (22.3) 18 (4.4) 23.338, 0.025 3.162, 0.367
Men like to get involved with girls because they are easier to control than women 223 (54.1) 81 (19.7) 87 (21.1) 21 (5.1) 21.378, 0.045 1.100, 0.778
Men never refuse sex offered by a girl 219 (53.2) 77 (18.7) 96 (23.3) 20 (4.6) 25.578, 0.012 3.048, 0.384
Men get more pleasure from sex with girls than with women 176 (42.7) 83 (20.2) 126 (30.6) 27 (6.5) 11.595, 0.479 3.044, 0.385
Men feel more powerful in sexual relations with girls than with women 190 (46.1) 90 (21.8) 110 (26.7) 22 (5.3) 20.527, 0.058 0.431, 0.934
If a man gets involved with a girl, he's seen as virile by women in the community 155 (37.6) 80 (19.4) 148 (35.9) 29 (7.0) 9.108, 0.694 1.610, 0.657
Girls that are involved with men are manipulating them (the men) 125 (30.3) 82 (19.9) 178 (43.2) 27 (6.6) 15.078, 0.237 8.861, 0.031
Men involved with girls are manipulating them (the girls) 189 (45.9) 84 (20.4) 120 (29.1) 19 (4.6) 16.434, 0.172 8.663, 0.034
When a girl and a man have sexual relations, the man benefits more 178 (43.2) 93 (22.6) 109 (26.5) 32 (7.8) 20.764, 0.054 3.796, 0.284