Bullying and truancy: Predictors to sexual practices among school-going adolescents in Malaysia – A cross-sectional study

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Introduction: Adolescents’ involvement in sexual practices are becoming a major public health concern in Malaysia. This study aims to determine the prevalence of sexual practices among Malaysian school-going adolescents and its predictive factors. Methods: A cross-sectional study was carried out from April 2012 till September 2012 among 16-year-old school adolescents from two different schools. They were selected through simple random sampling and these adolescents answered a self-administered questionnaire consisting of three sections i.e. socio-demography, risk-taking behaviours and family-adolescents relationship. Data were analysed using Pearson Chi-Square test while Simple Logistic Regression and Multiple Logistic Regression were applied to determine the predictive factors. Results: The prevalence of sexual practices among the adolescents was 30.1% in which they were either involved in pornography (26.8%), pre-sexual activities (8.5%) or premarital sex (2.9%). Six predictive factors associated with sexual practices among this age group were identified which were male (adjusted Odds Ratio (aOR) 2.7, 95% Confidence Interval (95%CI) 1.4 to 2.5), truancy (aOR 2.3, 95%CI 1.3 to 4.2), bully (aOR 3.5, 95%CI 1.7 to 7.3), hanging out (aOR 2.8, 95% 1.4 to 5.6), staying out late (aOR 3.2, 95%CI 1.5 to 6.8) and conflict with family (aOR 4.1, 95%CI 1.9 to 8.9). Discussion: Asian background differs from the western countries and findings of this study may suggest suitable intervention programmes that can prevent high-risk sexual practices among Asian school-going adolescents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)298-305
Number of pages8
JournalMedical Journal of Malaysia
Volume72
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2017

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Bullying
Malaysia
Cross-Sectional Studies
Odds Ratio
Confidence Intervals
Logistic Models
Erotica
Family Conflict
Adolescent Behavior
Chi-Square Distribution
Risk-Taking
Sexual Behavior
Public Health
Age Groups
Demography

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Bullying
  • Negative behaviours
  • Pre-marital sex
  • Sexual practices

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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