Table 1

Distribution of respondents by key demographic characteristics

CharacteristicsThe Philippines (N=3044)El Salvador (N=2591)Peru (N=3359)Total (N=8994)
Age (years) (range: 13–18)
 Mean (SD)16.0 (1.3)15.2 (1.6)15.2 (1.1)15.5 (1.4)
Sex
 Female, n (%)1956 (64.3)1130 (43.6)1838 (54.7)4924 (54.8)
Economic status
 High or very high, n (%)246 (8.1)404 (15.6)476 (14.2)1126 (12.5)
Religion
 Catholic, n (%)2546 (83.6)1305 (52.8)2405 (72.6)6256 (70.8)
 Protestant, n (%)299 (9.8)738 (29.8)373 (11.3)1410 (16.0)
 Others*, n (%)145 (4.8)110 (4.5)192 (5.8)447 (5.1)
 No religion, n (%)54 (1.8)320 (12.9)345 (10.4)719 (8.1)
Religiosity
 High†, n (%)1881 (61.8)1290 (49.8)858 (25.5)4029 (44.8)
School funding
 Public, n (%)1652 (54.3)1582 (61.1)1554 (46.3)4788 (53.2)
School type
 Coeducational, n (%)2951 (96.9)1976 (76.3)2436 (72.5)7363 (81.9)
Sexual initiation
 Sexually initiated‡, n (%)635 (20.9)591 (22.8)588 (17.5)1814 (20.2)
  • *Other religions include Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, Jews, Muslims and other religions, which vary across the different countries.

  • †Youth who have a religion, attend a temple at least once a week, and consider that “My faith is a very important influence that I am willing to take into account in my life”.

  • ‡Youth who have ever had complete sexual relations.