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Table 1 Background characteristics of adolescent focus group participants

From: “Be kind to young people so they feel at home”: a qualitative study of adolescents’ and service providers’ perceptions of youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services in Vanuatu

Background characteristics Female (N = 172) n (%) Male (N = 169) n (%) Total (N = 341) n (%)
Age (years)    
15 39 (22.7) 39 (23.1) 78 (22.9)
16 20 (11.6) 28 (16.6) 48 (14.1)
17 30 (17.4) 26 (15.4) 56 (16.4)
18 40 (23.3) 27 (16.0) 67 (19.6)
19 43 (25.0) 32 (18.9) 75 (22.0)
20-24* - 15 (8.9) 15 (4.4)
Unknown 0 (0.0) 2 (1.2) 2 (0.6)
Location    
Urban 96 (55.8) 78 (46.2) 174 (51.0)
Rural 76 (44.2) 91 (53.8) 167 (49.0)
Education    
Currently in school 93 (54.1) 85 (50.3) 178 (52.3)
Completed school 69 (40.1) 79 (46.7) 148 (43.4)
Highest level attended    
Primary 39 (56.5) 39 (49.4) 78 (52.7)
Secondary 30 (43.5) 40 (50.6) 70 (47.3)
Never attended school 2 (1.2) 3 (1.8) 5 (1.5)
No response 8 (4.7) 2 (1.2) 10 (2.9)
Marital status    
Never married 152 (88.4) 156 (92.3) 308 (90.3)
Ever married 5 (2.9) 5 (3.0) 10 (2.9)
No response 15 (8.7) 8 (4.7) 23 (6.7)
Sexual activity    
Never had sex 100 (58.1) 69 (40.8) 169 (49.6)
Ever had sex 72 (41.9) 100 (59.2) 172 (50.4)
Sexual debut    
<15 11 (6.4) 18 (10.7) 29 (8.5)
15-16 22 (12.8) 36 (21.3) 58 (17.0)
17-19 29 (16.9) 27 (16.0) 56 (16.4)
20-24 - 2 (1.2) 2 (0.6)
Unknown 2 (1.2) 11 (6.5) 13 (3.8)
No response 8 (4.7) 6 (3.6) 14 (4.1)
Ever heard of STIs    
No 36 (20.9) 47 (27.8) 83 (24.3)
Yes 129 (75.0) 120 (71.0) 249 (73.0)
No response 7 (4.1) 2 (1.2) 9 (2.6)
Ever heard of family planning    
No 42 (24.4) 44 (26.0) 86 (25.2)
Yes 124 (72.1) 121 (71.6) 245 (71.8)
No response 6 (3.5) 4 (2.4) 10 (2.9)
Accessed SRH services in the last 12 months    
No 118 (68.6) 122 (72.2) 240 (70.4)
Yes 28 (16.3) 15 (8.9) 43 (12.6)
Unsure / no response 26 (15.1) 32 (18.9) 58 (17.0)
  1. *A total of 4 FGDs were carried out with young men aged 15–24 who had fathered a child.
  2. Primary school includes Years 1–8, secondary school Years 9–13.