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oa Educor Multidisciplinary Journal - Motivational factors in the practice of having multiple concurrent sexual partners : a study of students in a South African University - research

Volume 3 Number 1
  • ISSN : 2520-4254
  • E-ISSN: 2663-2349

 

Abstract

The practice of having multiple concurrent sexual partnerships is not a new phenomenon. It has been reported in many places over the years. Studies show that engaging in such behaviour makes one more likely to contract STIs and STDs. With the current HIV pandemic facing South Africa, motivating factors for engaging in such a risky practice need to be explored. This research investigated the factors that motivate the practice of having multiple concurrent sexual partnerships. In all, 21 participants (13 males and 8 females) took part in the research. Data was collected in 7 individual interviews consisting of 4 female participants and 3 male participants, 1 paired interview consisting of 2 female participants, one all-male focus group discussion consisting of 7 male participants, and 1 mixed-gender focus group discussion consisting of 2 female participants and 3 male participants. The data was analysed using thematic analysis. Results showed that there are numerous factors – such as being intoxicated, sexual drive, and experimentation, amongst others – that motivate people to engage in having multiple sexual partnerships. The implications of the findings were examined, and recommendations were made for improved policy and practice in this domain.

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2019-12-31
2020-09-29

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