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Parents’ perception, attitude and practice towards providing sex education for adolescents in Eti-Osa Local Government Area Lagos, Nigeria

Olaoye Titilayo, Makinde Bose, Kukoyi Olasumbo, Oluyinka Ayomide


The failure of parents to discuss sex related issues openly with adolescents have several unfortunate consequences. This study assessed parents’  perception, attitude and practice towards providing sex education for their  adolescents. The study employed cross sectional design. Three hundred and seventy three respondents were selected using multi-stage sampling. A  validated questionnaire was used for data collection. Data was subjected to descriptive and inferential statistics. The parent’s perception toward providing sex education was low, likewise their attitude. While Parent’s practice of   providing sex education to their adolescent was moderate. There was a  significant relationship between religion and perception of parents towards sex education. It is recommended that parents should improve communication in the home that would promote healthy informed choices among adolescents.

Keywords: Parent, Perception, Attitude, Sex education, Adolescents

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