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Background: The sexualhealth indices of the adolescents are very poor. This study ascertained thefactors influencing the sexual behaviour among female adolescents in Onitsha,Anambra state, Nigeria. Method: This was a cross sectional design in which atotal of 800 female adolescents were selected from secondary schools in thearea using multistage sampling method; and also selected from a major marketfor those who were not at school in the same geographical area using clustersampling technique. Data were collected from the respondents aboutsocio-demographic profile, reproductive and sexual health knowledge, attitude,behavior, sources of sexual health information. Result: The highest proportionof students who had ever had sex was found among the 16 - 17 years age groupwhile the modal age group was 18 - 19 years for non students. Also -not livingwith both parents- and poor family background, were markedly associated withincreased likelihood to engage in sexual activity. Poverty level wasparticularly high among the non-student adolescents. Furthermore, wrongknowledge of fertile period, low risk perception of HIV and premarital, and useof condoms among the respondents were all significantly associated with increasedchance to engage in sex. The student adolescents got sexuality informationmainly from the teachers; asopposed to their non-student counterparts who had youth organization andfriends as main sources.Conclusion: Family values, poverty alleviation, change of attitude through appropriatehealth and sexuality education especially targeting the non-student adolescentsare highly recommended. Sexual negotiation skill, accessible formal educationfor all should be encouraged to create the right sexual behavior among theadolescent girls.

KEYWORDS

Sexual Behavior, Female Adolescent Students, Non-Students, Onitsha, Nigeria

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Udigwe, I. , Adogu, P. , Nwabueze, A. , Adinma, E. , Ubajaka, C. and Onwasigwe, C. 2014 Factors Influencing Sexual Behavior among Female Adolescents in Onitsha, Nigeria. Open Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 4, 987-995. doi: 10.4236-ojog.2014.416139.





Autor: Ifeoma Bridget Udigwe1, Prosper Obunikem Adogu1*, Achunam Simeon Nwabueze1, Echendu Dolly Adinma1, Chika Florence Ubajaka1, Chika

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