PREDICTORS OF SEXUAL RISK BEHAVIOUR AMONG UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS OF FEDERAL COLLEGE OF EDUCATION TECHNICAL GOMBE, NORTHEAST, NIGERIA
Ibrahim R.*, Akorga M. E., Abubakar J. D., Abubakar Z.A. and Danladi M. U.
Sexual risk behaviors and their complications still remain a major health problem among young. .This study aimed to assess the level of knowledge and Practice of sexual risk behaviour and to determine factors that predict sexual risk behaviour among students of Federal college of education Technical Gombe, A cross-sectional study was conducted in which information was obtained from 317 students who fulfilled the inclusion criteria. Mean age of respondents was 25±5.39years. Those who are aged 20 - 30years constitute about three-fourth (74.9%) of the study population. Of the total studied participates, 171(57.2%) were male and 246(82.3%) were not married. About two-third of the students were residing in the school. Close to two-third (64.2%) of the students had poor knowledge of sexual risk behaviour and more than half (56.5%) of the students had bad practice of sexual risk behaviour. More than third-fourth (77.3%) of the students had engaged in one of form of sexual intercourse or the other with average age at first sexual intercourse of 18±3.5years. Age, sex, faculty, department and level of study were found to have statistical significant association with knowledge of sexual risk behaviours (P< 0.05). Younger age group, male sex and those living in the hostel tend to engage more in sexual risk behaviours with a significant difference (P<0.05). Age, sex and place residence were significant predicators of practice sexual risk behaviours in this study. The study concluded that there is need for targeted behaviour change and communication guideline to address the sexual risky behaviours.
Keywords: Sexual, behaviour, knowledge, Practice, Students,
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