Table 1

Baseline characteristics of the participants, by study arm (N=740)

CharacteristicIntervention (I)Contact (P)Control (C)Total
N=255,
n (%)
N=249,
n (%)
N=236,
n (%)
N=740,
n (%)
Age of the participant
 18–19 years62 (24.3)55 (22.09)53 (22.5)170 (23.0)
 20–24 years193 (75.7)194 (77.91)183 (77.5)570 (77.0)
Sex
 Male134 (52.6)133 (53.41)126 (53.4)393 (53.1)
 Female121 (47.5)116 (46.59)110 (46.6)347 (46.9)
Education level
 Never gone to school9 (3.5)7 (2.81)12 (5.1)28 (3.8)
 Primary school92 (36.1)97 (38.96)80 (33.9)269 (36.4)
 Secondary school117 (45.9)118 (47.39)119 (50.4)354 (47.8)
 Postsecondary education37 (14.5)27 (10.84)25 (10.6)89 (12.1)
Sublocation
 Ngombeni34 (13.3)38 (15.26)43 (18.2)115 (15.5)
 Kitivo9 (3.5)9 (3.61)9 (3.8)27 (3.7)
 Simkumbe20 (7.8)17 (6.83)21 (8.9)58 (7.8)
 Mkoyo8 (3.1)8 (3.21)8 (3.4)24 (3.2)
 Gombato17 (6.7)11 (4.42)9 (3.8)37 (5.0)
 Ukunda167 (65.5)166 (66.67)146 (61.9)479 (64.7)
Person currently living with
 Living alone24 (9.4)21 (8.43)21 (8.9)66 (8.9)
 Living with others231 (90.6)228 (91.57)215 (91.1)674 (91.1)
Current relationship status
 Single128 (50.2)121 (48.59)118 (50.0)367 (49.6)
 Friends with benefits/dating/cohabiting/engaged109 (42.8)104 (41.77)92 (39.0)305 (41.2)
 Married18 (7.1)24 (9.64)26 (11.0)68 (9.2)
Parity
 None224 (87.8)211 (84.7)191 (80.9)626 (84.6)
 One child24 (9.4)28 (11.2)35 (14.8)87 (11.8)
 2+ children7 (2.8)10 (4.0)10 (4.2)27 (3.7)
First birth age
 Never given birth224 (87.8)211 (84.7)191 (80.9)626 (84.6)
 ≤19 years (adolescents)18 (7.1)22 (8.8)23 (9.8)63 (8.5)
 ≥20 years (young women)13 (5.1)16 (6.4)18 (7.6)47 (6.4)