Sexual behaviour of some secondary school students in Benin City,

  • Juliana Ayafegbeh Afemikhe
  • Nkechi Obiweluozor

Abstract

One perennial issue that most Nigerian parents hardly discuss with their children is sex; it is seen as a taboo subject. However, it is something which children have to face the realities of now or later as adults. Denial of such vital information in the home leads many children to obtaining it from their peers, books, the internet or other sources and very often the information may be faulty. The consequence is that adolescents develop a plethora of behaviour which may be inimical to proper socialization. This study was designed to explore sexual behaviour of adolescents. It used a survey design. The population of the study comprised all senior secondary school students in Benin City. A sample of 600 students was drawn from twenty secondary schools. The instrument used was a questionnaire that attempts to measure sexual behaviour on a three-point scale with categories: very frequently, sometimes and not at all. It was constructed based on responses from a focused group discussion with some adolescents. The information collected was analysed through the use of an interpretative norm expressed as a mean. The results should a preponderance of
non-verbal behaviours. Based on the results, it was suggested that parents should play a more prominent role in regulating sexual behavior of adolescents. In this way adolescents are made aware of skills that can be helpful in developing and regulating sexual behaviours. Consequently, adolescents would imbibe behaviours which would reduce their vulnerability to unguided sexual behavior outcomes.

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