Premarital Sex: Age Bracket and Factors Influencing It

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“Premarital Sex: Age Bracket and Factors Influencing It”

Billote, Althia Cyryll F.

Ching, Clarisse Angela T.

Divino, May Fiel B.

Duray, Hannah

Foronda, Carmela C.

Gonzales, Klarisse Bianca S.

Joseph, Hannah Marjorie

Lim, Wyona C.

Luzada, Jasmin

Tabay, John Allen C.

Torregosa, Ivy Jane A.

October 2012

Chapter 1

INTRODUCTION

Background of the Study

Adolescents are undergoing an era of changes in social perceptions, needs and obligations (Mehta et al., 1999). Several studies confirmed that sexual activities among adolescents increased worldwide (World Health Organization, 2001).

In Mongolia, increasing sexual activities associated among adolescents include: increasing pre-marital sexual activity, prostitution, sexual abuse, unwanted pregnancies, abortions, rising incidence of sexually transmitted diseases (STD), increasing risk of HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, and tobacco and alcohol abuse (Algaa, 2000).

In many developing countries, adolescents rarely discuss sexual matters explicitly with their parents because of cultural taboos. Thus, most information comes from peers of the same sex who may also have inadequate or incorrect information (HAPCO, 2000).

Moreover, exposure to unlicensed erotic video films, desire for economic gain and peers are some of the factors contributing pressure for youth to engage in sex (Talla et al., 2002).

According to Twa-Twa (1997), Kiragu and Zabin (1993), Lacson (et al., 1997), Abraham and Kumar (1999), factors affecting the sexual behaviour of adolescents differ from country to country, between cultures, and also in different regions within a country.

Therefore, this study is conducted to find common factors of premarital sex and its prevalence among adolescents.

In this study, the adolescents are the primary actors being studied in terms of behavioural patterns or factors influencing their engagement in premarital sex.

Objectives

At the end of this study, the group will be able to delve to the deepest aspect of Premarital Sex, from its cause to its effects, and other veining precepts thereof. Most especially, the group aims to:

a. Identify the factors affecting the involvement to this activity

b. Determine the age of individuals engaging in premarital sex

Definition of Terms

1. Premarital Sex or Fornication

It is a sexual intercourse between a man and a woman who are not married to each other.

Under the Common Law, the crime of fornication consisted of unlawful sexual intercourse between an unmarried woman and a man, regardless of his marital status. If the woman was married, the crime was Adultery (West's Encyclopedia of American Law 2nd Edition, 2008).

2. Adolescents

According to the World Health Organization, “adolescents” are individuals in the 10-19 years age group and “youth” as the 15-24 year age group. These two overlapping age groups are combined in the group “young people” covering the age range 10-24 years.

Chapter 2

REVIEW OF RELATED LITERATURE

In this chapter, related studies, researches and journals are presented to establish existing knowledge regarding the topic.

Chapter 3

DATA PRESENTATION

|Country |Risk Factor | |Philippines |Alcohol and drug use | | |People who cannot find love in their family | | |Lack of communication with each other in the...
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