Factors Influencing Sexual Intercourse Behaviors among Secondary School Students
Keywords:behavior, secondary school students, sexual intercourse
This cross-sectional survey research aimed to investigate factors Influencing sexual intercourse behaviors among secondary school students. Samples were the secondary school students between grades 9-12, both males and females who experienced sexual relationship or those who expected to engage in sexual relationship with opposite sex. The sample was composed of 990 participants. The sample was obtained through a multistage stage sampling technique. Instrument was a set of questionnaires. The content validity ranged from .50-1.00 tested by using Index of Item - Objective Congruence, The Cronbach’s alpha coefficient. ranged from .71-.92. Data were collected between January and February 2019 and analyzed using binary logistic regression analysis. Results revealed that almost 21 percent (20.80%) of the participants reported sexual experiences in the past 12 months. Moreover, age (OR = 2.33, 95% CI = 1.01-5.36), grade point average of the latest semester (OR = 1.54, 95% CI = 1.00-2.37), smoking status (OR = 2.55, 95% CI = 1.51-4.29), broke up from relationship (OR = 3.48, 95% CI = 1.17-10.33), having a current relationship (OR = 5.17, 95% CI = 1.71-15.57), living with a partner or lover individual (OR = 6.40, 95% CI = 3.38-12.11), experiencing sexual curiosity (OR = 1.09, 95% CI = 1.04-1.15), erotic media consumption (OR = 1.03, 95% CI = 1.00-1.07), and frequent alcohol use (OR = 1.10, 95% CI = 1.01-1.19) were significant factors influencing sexual behaviors among the secondary school students. All factors together explained 52.20% of the variance in sexual intercourse behaviors among secondary school students.
Healthcare providers, teachers, and stakeholders might create a program or guideline to monitor and prevent sexual risk behaviors in secondary school students.
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