n IFE PsychologIA : An International Journal - Skills training for safe sexual practice and coercive behavior prevention among adolescents in Ibadan, Nigeria




This study examined the effect of a didactic skills training program for inschool adolescents in Ibadan on knowledge concerning prevention of sexual coercion, knowledge about HIV/AIDS, sexual role/responsibility and assertiveness/communication skills. <br>A total of 73 in-school adolescents ages 15 - 19 years (? = 18.2, SD 2.1) who were recruited from four secondary schools in a local government area took part in the study. Results showed a significant (p < 0.05) increase in knowledge about prevention of sexual coercion, HIV/AIDS, sexual role/responsibility and assertiveness/communication skills at post-intervention testing. <br>Also, being male, having good general self-efficacy, greater age and greater number of years of education significantly predicted a greater increase in skill acquisition. At 6 month follow-up, an appreciable number of adolescents were educated concerning various forms of topics, suggesting the ability of the adolescent to simulation of target behaviours. <br>Our findings suggest that skills training can effectively empower adolescents with regard to safe sexual practice.


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