RISKY SEXUAL BEHAVIOR AMONG IN-SCHOOL YOUTHS: THE INFLUENCE OF PORNOGRAPHY USE AND SOCIO-ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS ON STUDENTS IN ASSOSA, WESTERN ETHIOPIA Print

Zenaw Alem[1], Amanti Baru[2], Nega Jibat [3]

Abstract

Introduction: This study investigated the influence of pornography use and socio-environmental factors on risky sexual behavior among in-school youths in Assosa, Ethiopia.

Methods: The study involved a cross-sectional survey of 317 students, FGDs and key-informant interviews.

Results: Pornography use had 24.6 % prevalence among the students. 31.2% of the students have started sexual intercourse, with 22.7% started sex before the age of 18 years. Gender (AOR [95% CI] = 3.2 [1.173, 8.734]), educational status of the students (AOR [95% CI] = 0.141 [0.025, 0.797]), religious attendance (AOR [95% CI] = 0.259 [0.088, 0.765]), pornography use (AOR [95% CI] = 6.401 [1.788, 22.919]) and alcohol use (AOR [95% CI] = 3.449 [1.359, 8.754]) have significantly influenced risky sexual behavior. Qualitative data revealed peer pressure, exposure to western media and less communication with parents about sex as influencing students sexual behavior.

Conclusion: Pornography use and social-environmental factors strongly influenced students’ risky sexual behavior: early sexual initiation, unprotected sexual intercourse and having sex with multiple sexual partners.

Keywords: Pornography, Youths, Risky sexual behavior, students

 

Cite this article:
Alem Zenaw, Baru Amanti , Jibat Nega. RISKY SEXUAL BEHAVIOR AMONG IN-SCHOOL YOUTHS: THE INFLUENCE OF PORNOGRAPHY USE AND SOCIO-ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS ON STUDENTS IN  ASSOSA GENERAL SECONDARY SCHOOL AND COLLEGE PREPARATORY, WESTERN ETHIOPIA 115. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.12, no.1:121-143, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2019-no1-art7

Digital Object Identifier(DOI): http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2019-no1-art7

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 [1] Zenaw Alem is a lecturer in the Department of Sociology, Assosa University, Ethiopia. Contact email address: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

[3] Nega Jibat is associate professor in the Department of Sociology, Jimma University, Ethiopia. Contact email address: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
 

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