Gender and Behaviour

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Evaluating Sex Values Of Adolescents In A Nigerian University

PT Ortese


The paper examined perceptions of sex values among adolescents in a Nigerian University. The paper also reviewed sex values against religious and societal and cultural values such as virginity and fidelity all which go against pre-marital and extra-marital sex. Though adolescents are socialized on these values, their sex values manifested in their sex behaviour seem otherwise. Findings revealed that adolescents perceived sex (premarital or extramarital) as a normal way of life. Adolescents had significant knowledge of the social and religious values of the society on sex. Adolescents had adequate knowledge of health implications arising from sex. It was therefore concluded that adolescents be subjected to intense psychotherapy to change their perception of sex in order to modify their immoral and deviant sex behaviours.

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