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African Journal of Reproductive Health

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Risky Sexual Behaviours among Adolescents in Owerri Municipal: Predictors of Unmet Family Health Needs

BO Nwankwo, EA Nwake

Abstract


This study examined the risky sexual behaviours (RSBs) of adolescents in Owerri Municipal in Imo State. Adopting the descriptive Survey research design, a stratified sampling technique was used to enroll 1008 adolescents aged 10 – 19 from 4 secondary schools into the study. A structured questionnaire was used for data collection. Result shown that majority of the adolescent (47.4%) have had sex and many have engaged in one form of RSBs or another. Peer group seem to be major source of the sexuality information (55.6%) and influencing factor (52.3%) .Significant association was found to exist between adolescents RSBs and age at first sexual experience or adolescent perception of parental rearing pattern (p<. 05). The study challenged the stake holders involved in the inculcation of values, curriculum design or policy formulation to provide appropriate, time sensitive and scientifically sound sexuality information for adolescents (Afr J Reprod Health 2009; 13[1]:135-145).



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