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Table 11 Personal attitudes regarding girls’ responsibilities and motivations for ATS

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

  Response Age group Gender
Phrases Agree Don’t agree nor disagree Disagree No answer Df = 20 Df = 5
You think… n n (%) n n (%) x2, p-value x2, p-value
A girl with a developed body is ready to have sex 85 (20.6) 62 (15.0) 258 (62.6) 7 (1.7) 20.943, 0.401 33.639, < 0.001
A girl with a developed body has the maturity to make decisions about her sexual partners and relations 80 (19.4) 67 (16.3) 258 (62.6) 7 (1.7) 46.948, < 0.001 12.249, 0.032
A girl can refuse to get involved with a man that wants to be with her 344 (83.5) 24 (5.8) 38 (9.2) 6 (1.5) 19.962, 0.460 5.900, 0.316
If a girl responds positively to the advances of a man on the street, she should have sex with him 80 (19.4) 46 (11.2) 279 (67.7) 7 (1.7) 28.991, 0.088 31.485, < 0.001
Girls that spend a lot of time in the street are available to get involved with men 138 (33.5) 47 (11.4) 221 (53.6) 6 (1.5) 32.743, 0.036 42.853, < 0.001
Girls that use short skirts are looking for male attention 143 (34.7) 55 (13.3) 210 (51.0) 4 (1.0) 22.809, 0.298 35.410, < 0.001
Girls that accept presents or protection from men should repay with sex 66 (16.0) 31 (7.5) 309 (75.0) 6 (1.5) 23.511, 0.264 52.456, < 0.001
Girls of 12 years old or younger are able to choose their sexual partners and relationships 50 (12.1) 23 (5.6) 337 (81.8) 2 (0.5) 18.168, 0.576 9.326, 0.097
Girls of 13 to 14 years old are able to choose their sexual partners and relationships 78 (18.9) 39 (9.5) 293 (71.1) 2 (0.5) 20.979, 0.398 9.229, 0.100
Girls of 15 years old or older are able to choose their sexual partners and relationships 225 (54.6) 64 (15.5) 120 (29.1) 3 (0.7) 17.716, 0.606 30.433, < 0.001