Differentials in sexual and reproductive health knowledge among East Malaysian adolescents.

Awang, Halimah and Low, Wah Yun and Wen, Tin Tong and Lih, Yoong Tang and Whye, Lin Cheah and Helen, Benedict Lasimbang and Mohd Hassan, Hamizah (2019) Differentials in sexual and reproductive health knowledge among East Malaysian adolescents. Journal of Biosocial Science, 51 (2). pp. 282-291.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0021932018000214

Abstract

The aim of this study was to assess the knowledge of East Malaysian adolescents on sexual and reproductive health issues. Data were collected in March–July 2015 from 2858 adolescents aged 13–18 years from selected East Malaysian secondary schools using a self-administered questionnaire. Twelve items relating to sexual and reproductive health were used to measure respondents’ knowledge based on their responses ‘True’, ‘False’ or ‘Don’t know’, with the proportion of correct answers being the variable of interest. Cronbach’s alpha for the twelve items was 0.761 and the mean knowledge score was 6.8. While the majority of the respondents knew that a woman can get pregnant if she has sex with a man and that HIV and AIDS can be transmitted through sexual intercourse, knowledge about Malaysia’s abortion laws, that a woman can get pregnant if she has sex only once and that people with sexually transmitted infections may look healthy was poor. Older respondents and those from urban schools reported significantly higher knowledge than younger respondents and those from rural schools, respectively. More emphasis should be given in schools to the specific topics for which low levels of sexual and reproductive health knowledge were found, with greater attention being given to younger adolescents and those in rural areas.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: sexual and reproductive health, knowledge,adolescents, East Malaysian
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 304 Factors affecting social behavior
Division/Agency/State: LPPKN - National Population and Family Development Board, Malaysia > Division of Reproductive Health
Deposited By: Mrs Nor Azaian Abdullah
Deposited On: 27 Nov 2019 05:19
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2019 05:19
URI: http://familyrepository.lppkn.gov.my/id/eprint/783

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