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Sexual practices in Malaysia: determinants of sexual intercourse among unmarried youths.

Authors
  • Zulkifli, S N
  • Low, W Y
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Adolescent Health
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2000
Volume
27
Issue
4
Pages
276–280
Identifiers
PMID: 11008091
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

This paper describes findings on selected determinants of sexual intercourse among 468 unmarried adolescents from a survey in Malaysia. Using multivariate logistic regression, respondents' demographic factors, attitudes towards sex, contraceptive use, and living arrangements were analyzed. Overall, it is shown that the proportion of unmarried adolescents who have sexual intercourse is about 13%. Boys (18.18%) are more likely to be sexually experienced than girls (7.11%). It is noted that living away from parents and family, and employment, are statistically associated with sexual experience. By religion, Buddhist reported least experienced (6%), followed by Muslims (12%), and others (21%). Furthermore, 72% of adolescents engage in sex without considering the use of contraception. In terms of adolescents' attitudes towards sex, it is noted that a less conservative sexual attitude score was associated with a 5 times greater likelihood of being sexually experienced than a conservative attitude score. The authors suggest that policy should take into account the availability of sex education and the risks related to sexual activities in Malaysia.

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