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Factors associated with sexual intention towards pre-marital sex activity among school-going late adolescents in Kuantan, Pahang

Abdullah, Fa’iza and Zainuddin, Nur Akmanidar and Draman, Samsul and A. Rahman, Nor Azlina and Muhammad, Noor Azimah (2019) Factors associated with sexual intention towards pre-marital sex activity among school-going late adolescents in Kuantan, Pahang. Malaysian Family Physician, 14 (Supplement 2). p. 3. ISSN 1985-207X E-ISSN 1985-2274

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Background: The consequences of adolescents in early involvement with sexual activity include sexually transmitted diseases, unwanted pregnancy, and unsafe abortion. Objectives: To identify the socio-demographic and sociocognitive factors (permissive attitude, social norms, and selfefficacy) associated with sexual intention to engage in premarital sex among school-going late adolescent in Kuantan, Pahang. Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted in nine government secondary schools in Kuantan district between February-April 2018. A total of 466 self-administered validated Youth Sexual Intention Questionnaires (YSI-Q) data are collected among unmarried students aged 18-19 years-old. Statistical analyses were done using IBM SPSS version 22.0. Results: Majority of the participants were females (64.4%), Muslims (68.2%) and Malays (67.4%). Simple logistic regression on socio-cognitive factors showed for every one unit increase in permissive attitude, social norms and self-efficacy scores, there were 1.424, 1.303 and 1.215 times increase risk of having sexual intention, with p-value of 0.001 each and 95% CI of odds ratio(OR) 1.268-1.600, 1.191-1.425 and 1.0661.386, respectively. Multivariate logistic regression showed that female had lower risk of having sexual intention compared to male (p=0.001, OR=0.163, CI=0.058-0.462), Non-Malays had higher risk compared to Malay students and ever-smokers had higher risk compared to non-smoker students towards having sexual intention with p=0.001, OR=5.110, CI=1.881-13.886 and p=0.019, OR=3.288, CI=1.218-8.875, respectively. In addition, for every unit increase in permissive attitude score, there was 1.236 times increase risk of having sexual intention with p=0.002 and 95% CI of OR=1.084-1.410. Conclusion: The risk of having sexual intention was found to be higher among males, non-Malay and ever-smoker students; and also among those with higher permissive attitude scores. Therefore, further study and peer education intervention programs are required for school-going students to improve their permissive attitude and to prevent risk behavior that may lead to sexual intention towards pre-marital sex activity.

Item Type: Article (Meeting Abstract)
Additional Information: 5838/73068
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pre-marital sex activity; Late adolescent; Youth sexual intention
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Allied Health Sciences
Kulliyyah of Medicine > Department of Family Medicine (Effective: 1st January 2011)
Depositing User: Dr. Fa'iza Abdullah
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2019 13:22
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2022 11:32
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/73068

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