Adolescent sexual behavior and the family context

Oluwapelumi Adeyera, University of Ibadan
Obioma C. Uchendu, University of Ibadan
Eme Owoaje, University of Ibadan

Family dysfunction affects the sexual health of adolescents. This study examined relationship between household dysfunctions and risky sexual behavior.  The study adopted cross sectional design among 522 adolescents in Ibadan, Nigeria. The mean age was 15.9 ± 1.5, females constituted 57.7% of the study and 26.4% of the total sample reported prior sexual exposure. Those from polygamous homes and those reporting one or more categories of household dysfunctions were found to be 4.3 (95% C.I = 1.2, 12.5) and 4.5 (95% CI = 0.8, 15.3) times more likely to engage in risky sexual behavior than their counterparts (P<0.05).  Family characteristics affect sexual behavior and outcomes in adolescents. Interventions on family cohesion should be integrated into adolescent health programs.

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Presented in Poster Session 2