International Journal of Applied Research
Vol. 3, Issue 6, Part B (2017)
Influence of Information and Communication Technologies on the sexual behaviours of secondary schools pupils in Abidjan and in Dabou (Côte d'Ivoire)
Harvey Attoh Touré, Bi Vroh Joseph Bénié, Christian Bangaman Akani, Alfred Douba, Konan N’ Guessan, Guillaume Okoubo Kouassi Kra, Issaka Tiembré and N’cho Simplice Dagnan
Context and object of the study Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are booming in developing countries. We initiated this study whose objective was to analyze the influence of ICTs on the sexual behaviors of adolescents. Methods We carried out a cross-sectional study with a descriptive focus survey over a period of two months among 1898 pupils of the year nine to the final year of high school. The sample was obtained after selection of 18 schools in Abidjan and Dabou by a stratified random sampling method. Results About 83% of the respondents had a mobile phone and 62.6% had access to the Internet. There was a significant relationship between mobile phone possession, Internet access and age at first intercourse (p <0.05). The internet access was statistically associated with the recourse to the casual partners (p <0.05). Finally, the pornography via mobile phone seemed to influence age at first intercourse and casual partnership. Conclusion This survey showed that ICTs had a negative influence on sexual behavior. So, it seems important to implement an effective strategy to promote the sexual health of adolescents.