n IFE PsychologIA : An International Journal - Sexual behaviour practices of secondary school adolescents in Ibadan metropolis, South West Nigeria




This study examined the sexual behaviour practices of 1902 senior secondary school adolescents within age 12-20 years. It also assessed the influence of age, sex and parent education status on different aspects of their sexual behaviours. Results obtained revealed that seventy-four percent of the sampled adolescents had engaged in at least one form of sexual behaviour. Majority of the adolescents had their first sexual intercourse between age 12-18, with mean age of 13.7 years for boys and 14.3 years for girls. About twenty-one percent reported being sexually active, having engaged in sexual intercourse in the last one month prior to the conduct of the study. On the influence of age, sex and parent educational status, older adolescents were found to be significantly involved in sexual behaviours more than the younger adolescents. Male adolescents exhibited significantly more sexual behaviours than female counterpart, and adolescents from parent with low educational status were more sexually experienced and active than other adolescents from parents with higher educational status.


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