Sexual Promiscuity among African Adolescent Females in Sub- Saharan Countries

Jabulani G. Kheswa, Vusi Z. Mahlalela


This paper reviewed the literature on the nature and incidence of African adolescent females’ sexual promiscuous behaviour in sub-Sahara. Numerous studies have identified parenting styles, cultural practices, peer- influence, socio-economic status, divorce and drug- friendly environment being amongst crucial factors of practising concurrent partnerships among girls. In understanding this phenomenon, the researchers were underpinned by social exchange theory, gender-strain theory, family systems theory and social learning theory to explore the rationale for parents who encourage their daughters to engage in premarital sex. Based on the findings of this research which reveal that sexual promiscuity disadvantages majority of girls because their locus of control is externalized by being involved with older men, the recommendations are that parents should be primary educators of sexuality to their children. Furthermore, schools should promote sex-related topics during in order to equip youth with skills on communication and problem-solving. Finally, pub- owners should be liable to a fine for selling liquor to minors.

DOI: 10.5901/mjss.2014.v5n27p879

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