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n Health SA Gesondheid - Adolescents' knowledge, beliefs and experiences regarding sexual practices : research

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Abstract

Unwanted or unprotected pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections among the youth are the result of engaging in unprotected sexual behaviour. The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore and describe what adolescents view as being safer or risky sex practice, and to differentiate between their sexual practice by gender and sexual experience. Non-probability purposive sampling was used to obtain a sample comprising of 12 females and 15 males of ages ranging between 15 and 18 years. Results indicated that the adolescents were able to identify what are regarded as safer or risky sexual practices. However, when expressing their lived experiences of sexual practices, the participants were still engaging in risky sexual behaviour. In conclusion there is a need to acknowledge that young people are sexual beings. The focus of sexuality education should shift from that of disease prevention instead to looking at the more socially-oriented health-enhancing behaviour such as teaching adolescents about sexual development, sexual behaviour and its possible negative outcomes, sexual abuse, gender issues and power relations and other nonsexual ways of showing affection.

Ongewenste of onbeskermde swangerskappe en seksueel-oorgedraagde infeksies onder die jeug is die gevolg van onbeskermde seksuele gedrag. Die doel van hierdie kwalitatiewe studie was om dit wat adolessente beskou as veiliger of meer gewaagde seksuele praktyk, te verken en te beskryf en om tussen seksuele praktyke volgens geslag en seksuele ondervinding te onderskei. Nie-waarskynlikheids, doelgerigte steekproeftrekking is gebruik om 'n steekproef te bekom wat bestaan het uit 12 vroulike en 15 manlike deelnemers, tussen 15 en 18 jaar oud. Die resultate het getoon dat adolessente by magte was om dit te identifiseer wat as veiliger en meer riskante seksuele gedrag beskou kan word. Dit terwyl die deelnemers hulle beleefde ondervinding van seksuele praktyke beskryf het, het dit duidelik geblyk dat hulle steeds riskante seksuele gedrag beoefen het. Daar is tot die gevolgtrekking gekom dat daar erkenning gegee moet word aan die feit dat jong mense seksuele wesens is. Die fokus van seksualiteitsonderrig behoort te verskuif van siektevoorkoming, na gedrag wat meer sosiaal-georiënteerd is en wat op gesondheidsverbetering gerig is soos om adolessente te onderrig aangaande seksuele ontwikkeling, seksuele gedrag en die moontlike negatiewe gevolge daarvan, seksuele misbruik, geslagsvraagstukke en magsverhoudings, en nie-seksuele maniere om liefde en toegeneentheid te toon.

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2004-09-01
2016-12-08
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