n Gender and Behaviour - Gender differences in premarital sexual permissiveness among University undergraduates




This paper examined the concept of premarital sexual permissiveness among selected University undergraduates in a state owned university in Nigeria, believing that the policy of non-residential status of the University will facilitate premarital sexual activity among the students. Using a total of 400 purposively selected respondents who were administered questionnaire, it was observed that male undergraduates favoured premarital sexual activity than their females counterparts and this was even so among those who are living alone in rented quarters. There were no significant differences among the gender on preference for premarital sexual permissiveness based on levels of study and residential area. The implication of these findings for "war" against HIV / AIDS and the perpetuation of discriminatory attitude towards a particular gender were highlighted.


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