Attitude of Nigerian Secondary School Adolescents Toward Sexual Practices: Implications For Counselling Practices

Egbochuku, Elizabeth. Omotunde.; Ekanem, Imo Ben
October 2008
European Journal of Scientific Research;Oct2008, Vol. 22 Issue 2, p177
Academic Journal
This study was a survey aimed at ascertaining whether the attitude of secondary school adolescents in Uyo, towards sexual practices, was in consonance with information reported of adolescents elsewhere in literature. A sample of 500 adolescents drawn from JSS 3 - SS 3 classes of five mixed public secondary schools was used. Five research hypotheses were formulated. The findings show that there is prevalence of a permissive attitude toward sexual practices. There was no difference in terms of age and sex. Boys showed more inclination toward sexual activity than girls, while involvement in sexual activity increased with age. Of the factors influencing adolescents' attitude toward sexual practices, exposure to pornographic films exerted 65.1% of the influence followed by peer pressure with 61.2%. Use of contraceptives exerted 59.2% and parental indifference 43%. The null hypothesis was rejected in all cases except where there was no significant difference in terms of class. The dangers of this situation for the adolescents were highlighted. Recommendations were made for provision of relevant sexuality and reproductive health information to adolescents through joint effort by parents, counsellors and educators beginning with de-mystifying sexuality.


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