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The influence of attending church-owned and government-owned universities on sexual attitude and risky-sexual behaviour of emerging youth

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Abstract: This study employed descriptive survey design to investigate the influence of attending church-owned and government-owned universities on sexual attitude and risky sexual behaviour of emerging youths, indicating a social assumption as well as an empirical association between the variables and show that religiosity is a potent gatekeeper of certain behaviours which may include sexual attitudes and risky behaviours of individuals. The Nigerian context is one in which proliferation of private universities owned by religious bodies have crafted curricula based on this assumption. 200 students were randomly selected from the two groups for the study. The results showed that the independent variable (religiosity) had a significant influence on the sexual attitude but no significant influence on risky-sexual behaviours of youths in both groups. The study also showed significant difference in religiosity, sexual attitude and risky-sexual behaviours among the two groups. Implication for the study is the inclusion of religious participation in schools which should be done in such a way that it does not infringe on the fundamental rights of the students. Academic excellence should be encouraged among students in order to further divert their attention from risky-sexual behaviours

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... In developing countries, Arnett (2000) argued that emerging adults frequently engage in cohabitation and thereby delay marriage as a result of long years in school. A number of studies within Nigeria and outside have confirmed the practice of cohabitation among young educated people and the implications, among which is the indulgence in multiple sex partners and other risky sexual behaviors (Settersten & Ray, 2010;Williams & Aderanti, 2011;Willoughby & Carroll, 2012). This increases the odds of contracting and transmitting sexually transmitted infections among this social category of young people (Epstein, Bailey, Manhart, Hill, & Hawkins, 2014). ...
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This study explored patterns of risky sexual practices and perceived vulnerability to sexually transmitted infections among 450 sexually active emerging adults (18-25years) through a self-administered questionnaire and 43 interviews. Findings showed that 97.4% of males and 98.1% of females were into intimate sexual relationships among which 74% males and 46.5% females had unprotected vaginal intercourse) and anal sex (ᵡ = 1.74 for males and 1.09 for females) within last one month. Consequences of unprotected sexual practices notwithstanding, engagement in risky sexual practices prevail. Redesigning of current behavioural modification approaches targeted towards promoting healthy sexual practices in young adulthood is required.
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