“Level of Sexual Awareness, Perception and Involvement of Tertiary Students in Higher Education Institutions in Cavite”

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INTRODUCTION

The Philippines is a highly populated country occupied by a total of 94.013 million Filipinos as of August 31st, 2009 and with a rapid increasing population rate of 1.957% per year, and 9.447 percent of this population are adolescents according to National Statistics Office (NSO). Adolescents are naturally curious about many things including their bodies and sexual functions. With these, some adolescents engage in genital plays that may lead to sexual intercourse. One of the reasons of the rapid increase in population is the involvement of young adults to premarital sex. According to the 2002 Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Study by the University of the Philippines Population Institute (UPPI) and the Demographic Research and Development Foundation, 26 percent of our Filipino youth nationwide from ages 15 to 25 admitted to having a premarital sex experience.

Sexual activities play a big role in increasing the population of the country. Young adults engaging in premarital sex are commonly not aware of the consequences that may arise. These young people are very much involved in exploring of things beyond their limitations, therefore increasing the number of teenage pregnancies and worse, the increasing incidence of Sexually Transmitted Diseases among young adults, brought about by having multiple sex partners even in a young age. The Department of Health’s (DOH) Registry on HIV and AIDS shows the rise in the incidence wherein 395 new HIV documented cases from January to September of last year increased to 549 for the same time period this year. In 2007, there is a ratio of 1 to every 1,000, that is 1 HIV positive in 1,000 who were tested, now ratio is 5 to 1,000. (Health Update: HIV on the rise by Heizel L. Mainar, 2009) This study will be conducted to be able to compare the level of awareness, perception and involvement of different tertiary schools in relation to the increasing rate of sexual activities among adolescents.

Statement of the Problem
The study aims to compare the level of awareness, perception and involvement on sex between different tertiary schools in Cavite. Specifically, it aims to answer the following questions: 1.What is the demographic profile of college students in terms of age, gender, course and name of school? 2.What is the level of awareness of college students about sex? 3.What is the level of perception of college students about sex? 4.What is the level of involvement of college students on sex? 5.Is there a significant relationship on the level of awareness, perception and involvement of respondents when grouped according to demographic profile? 6.Is there a significant difference on the level of awareness, perception and involvement of college students when grouped according to demographic profile?

Objectives of the Study
The study aims to:
1.Describe the demographic profile of college students in terms of age, gender, course and name of school; 2.Determine the level of awareness of college students about sex; 3.Determine the level of perception of college students about sex; 4.Determine the level of involvement of college students on sex; 5.Identify a significant relationship on the level of sexual awareness, perception and involvement of respondents when grouped according to demographic profile; and 6.Identify a significant difference on the level of sexual awareness, perception and involvement of college students when grouped according to demographic profile.

Significance of the Study
This study will be conducted to be able to compare the college students regarding their level of awareness, perception and involvement on sex. This study will benefit the following:
Students. The findings of this study will be helpful to students for them to be more aware of the increasing rate of sexual activities and incidence of sexually transmitted diseases among adolescents. It is also beneficial for them...
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