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Association between social-cognitive factors and sexual intention towards pre-marital sex activity among school-going late adolescents in Kuantan, Pahang

Abdullah, Fa’iza and A. Rahman, Nor Azlina and Muhammad, Noor Azimah and Samsudin, Suhaiza and Zainuddin, Nur Akmanidar and Draman, Samsul (2020) Association between social-cognitive factors and sexual intention towards pre-marital sex activity among school-going late adolescents in Kuantan, Pahang. In: 11th Putrajaya International Conference on Children, Women, Elderly and Persons with Disabilities 2020, 22nd August 2020, Zoom application.. (Unpublished)

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The Theory of Planned-Behavior (TPB) is determined by four main domains of socialcognitive factors; attitudes, social-norms, self-efficacy and sexual intention. Pre-marital sex associated with increased risk of STDs and detrimental social implications. The study aims to explore the association between socio-cognitive factors and sexual intention (of performing sexual activities) towards premarital sex among late adolescents in Kuantan secondaryschools. This cross-sectional study was conducted in nine government secondary-schools in Kuantan district between February-Jun 2018 using a self-administered validated Youth Sexual -Intention Questionnaire (YSI-Q). A total of 466 data are collected among unmarried students aged 18-19 years old. Statistical analyses were done using IBM SPSS version 22.0. Study showed 67.4%, 68.2%, 64.4% are Malays, Females and Muslims. Simple logistic regression on socio-cognitive factors showed for every; one unit increase in permissive attitude, socialnorms 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) 1.2681.600, 1.191-1.425 and 1.066-1.386, respectively. Multivariate logistic regression showed male, non-Malay and ever-smoker students have higher risk towards having sexual intention with a p=0.001 and OR=0.163(95%CI=0.058-0.462); OR=5.110(95%CI=1.881-13.886); OR=3.288(95%CI=1.218-8.875), respectively. 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. Otherwise parental education level, dating status and total household income were not significantly associated. The study showed the risk of having sexual intention was higher among males, non-Malay and ever-smoker students; and among those with higher permissive attitude scores. Peer education intervention program in school is essential to improve the permissive attitude in averting risk behavior that may lead to pre-marital sex activity. The study should be expanded to adolescent who are no longer in school or in suburban areas.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Additional Information: 5838/82365
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Allied Health Sciences
Kulliyyah of Allied Health Sciences > Department of Biomedical Science (Effective:1st July 2011)
Kulliyyah of Medicine > Department of Family Medicine (Effective: 1st January 2011)
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2020 13:01
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2021 11:33
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/82365

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