International Journal of Humanities and Social Science
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Volume 7 Issue 1
Year of Publication : 2020
Authors : Chinwe Beatrice Ezeoke, PhD, Nonye Benedeth Ezeaka, PhD
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Chinwe Beatrice Ezeoke, PhD, Nonye Benedeth Ezeaka, PhD, "INFLUENCE OF SOURCES OF INFORMATION ON SAFE SEX PRACTICES AMONG ADOLESCENTS IN NIGERIA," SSRG International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, vol. 7,  no. 1, pp. 24-32, 2020. Crossref,


Factors like lack of accurate information on safe sex practices and parents’ reluctance to discuss sexual matters with their children over the years have led to prevalence of reckless sexual behaviors like premarital sex, unprotected sex unwanted pregnancy, abortion, and school dropout as well as their contracting sexually transmitted infections like HIV/AIDS and VVF. This study therefore, focused on the sources of information for safe sex practices. Survey research method was used in the execution of the study. 399 samples were randomly selected from the population of the study. Three educational zone out of the six education zones in the state where purposively selected to reflect the three senatorial zones in Anambra State of Nigeria. These are Aguata education Zone (for Anambra South senatorial zone), Awka education Zone (for Anambra Central senatorial zone) and Otuocha education Zone (for Anambra North Senatorial Zone). The questionnaire interview and discussion guide were used to gather data for the study. Data obtained were analyzed using tables and simple percentages. Results showed among other things that although respondents indicated school as their major source of information, a significant number of the respondents preferred parents to be their source of information on safe sex practices and there is a relationship between respondents’ major source of information on safe sex practices and their sexual behaviour. Based on the outcome of the study, the researcher recommended among other things, that human development interventionist should design a programme that would encourage parents to feel free in discussing sexual matters with their children as well as sharing with them, basic information imperative for safe sex practices.


Sources of Information, Safe Sex Practice, Adolescents, Sexual Behaviour and Disposition.


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