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Table 3 Bivariate and multivariate association between dichotomous correlates and ever having had sex (male and female)

From: Sexual behaviors and their correlates among young people in Mauritius: a cross-sectional study

Correlate    Male       Female    
    Bivariate   Multivariate a n = 575    Bivariate   Multivariate a n = 564
  n Percent reporting ever had sex Prevalence ratio (95% CI) P (χ 2)b Adjusted odds ratio (95% CI) P n Percent reporting ever had sex Prevalence ratio (95%CI) P (χ 2)b Adjusted odds ratio (95%CI) P
Sociodemographic             
Age group (years)             
   Older (20–24) 273 42.5 2.06 0.001 1.50 0.131 206 14.5 2.12 0.013 1.18 0.705
   Younger (15–19) 302 20.7 (1.63–2.60) (43.25**) (0.88–2.56)   360 6.9 (1.20–3.75) (6.73*) (0.49–2.89)  
Geographic area             
   Urban 236 30.3 0.97 0.847 0.74 0.195 232 11.4 1.35 0.426 0.80 0.630
   Rural 339 31.4 (0.67–1.38) (0.04) (0.47–1.17)   334 8.4 (0.64–2.86) (0.65) (0.32–1.99)  
Currently in school             
   No 337 41.8 2.74 0.001 1.75 0.104 288 15.3 4.08 0.001 4.28 0.001
   Yes 238 15.3 (1.82–4.13) (44.13**) (0.89–3.47)   276 3.8 (1.93–8.62) (16.51**) (1.84–9.97)  
Work experience             
   Ever worked 376 41.7 3.92 0.001 3.14 0.003 236 15.9 3.13 0.002 1.17 0.701
   Never worked 199 10.6 (2.31–6.67) (48.48**) (1.50–6.54)   330 5.1 (1.58–6.22) (10.31**) (0.52–2.63)  
Religion             
   Non-Christian 442 25.3 0.51 0.001 0.27 0.001 422 3.6 0.13 0.001 0.15 0.001
   Christian 133 49.8 (0.39–0.66) (18.53**) (0.16–0.46)   144 27.0 (0.07–0.26) (24.46**) (0.07–0.34)  
Social life             
Have a mobile phone             
   Yes 318 36.8 1.55 0.001 1.46 0.119 245 12.6 1.75 0.048 1.53 0.250
   No 257 23.8 (1.21–1.98) (14.26**) (0.90–2.36)   321 7.2 (0.98–3.12) (4.13*) (0.73–3.19)  
Ever been to a nightclub             
   Yes 254 51.9 3.59 0.001 3.07 0.001 82 28.5 4.67 0.010 3.14 0.027
   No 321 14.4 (2.58–5.01) (83.69**) (1.74–5.42)   484 6.1 (2.49–8.78) (7.30*) (1.15–8.56)  
Ever watched a pornographic film             
   Yes 404 36.5 2.10 0.001 1.50 0.123 75 15.1 1.70 0.220 N/A N/A
   No 171 17.4 (1.50–2.96) (26.90**) (0.89–2.50)   491 8.9 (0.82–3.56) (1.54)   
Ever used the Internet             
   Yes 228 27.2 0.82 0.085 1.15 0.652 224 7.5 0.66 0.319 N/A N/A
   No 347 33.2 (0.66–1.02) (3.10) (0.62–2.13)   342 11.2 (0.28–1.59) (1.02)   
Ever drank alcohol in the past 12 months             
   Yes 252 45.4 2.39 0.001 1.56 0.076 130 23.9 4.38 0.001 2.81 0.014
   No 323 19.0 (1.90–3.01) (58.71**) (0.95–2.54)   436 5.5 (2.42–7.93) (12.23**) (1.24–6.37)  
Ever used marijuana             
   Yes 64 68.9 2.59 0.001 3.09 0.001 5 48.8 5.25 0.124 N/A N/A
   No 511 26.6 (1.99–3.37) (24.09**) (1.73–5.51)   561 9.3 (1.97–13.98) (2.46)   
  1. N/A, not applicable; 95% CI, 95% confidence interval.
  2. a. Three basic sociodemographic variables (age group, geographic area, religion) and variables that attained P < 0.10 in bivariate analyses were entered into the logistic regression model.
  3. b. * P < 0.05. **P < 0.01.