Transitions to adulthood in urban South Africa: Evidence from a panel survey

Type Conference Paper - International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) General Conference, Tours, France, 2005
Title Transitions to adulthood in urban South Africa: Evidence from a panel survey
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Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2005
URL http://demoscope.ru/weekly/knigi/tours_2005/papers/iussp2005s50673.pdf
Abstract
This paper uses the Cape Area Panel Study (CAPS), a new longitudinal survey of 4,800 young people in metropolitan Cape Town, to analyze multiple dimensions of the transition to adulthood. CAPS provides data on reproductive health, sexual activity, schooling, work, and living arrangements for urban youth. Results indicate high levels of sexual activity, but low levels of marriage and cohabitation. Over 70% of 18 year-old African females have had sex, 22% have been pregnant, and 14% have given birth, but only 4% have lived with a partner. These patterns are combined with high levels of school enrollment, but limited transitions into
employment for African males and females.

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