EMERGING ADULTS’ REPORTED COMMUNICATION WITH THEIR PARENTS ABOUT SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR

Olufemi Adeniyi Fawole

Abstract


Parents communication with their children while at adolescent age, particularly on sexual issues has been seen to be quite important in the life of such children, especially as they emerge into adulthood. Studies have shown peer pressure, social and mass media, among other factors, as having significant influence on these behaviors. However, not many studies have been carried out in Iwo, Nigeria, especially on the level of communication between parents and adolescents on sexual matters. This is perhaps due to cultural restrictions that make open discussion of sexual related issues, especially with and among children, to be frowned upon. This study therefore examines the level of the discussions with the parents and adolescents as well as the influence these discussions have had on their sexual lives.   Two hundred and thirty-eight students in their final year, from the Faculty of Social and Management Sciences of Bowen University took part in this study by filling out questionnaires. Three focus group discussions were also conducted. Results were analyzed using linear regression and thematic analysis. Results showed that the inadequate discussions, which the emerging adults had with their parents, certainly did predispose them to engaging in sexual behavior during their adolescent years. A number of the participants had found it difficult to talk with their parents on such matters and had obtained distorted information from other sources such as friends and the mass media. The study therefore hopes to add to literature for Nigeria and then provoke further more in-depth studies in the same area of interest.


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Sexual, adolescents, Iwo, parental communication, sexuality

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