Factors Associated with Sexual Intercourse, Condom-Use, and Perceived Peer Behaviors Among Adolescents in Malaysia: A School-Based Cross-Sectional Study

  • Mohd Hatta Abdul Mutalip Institute for Public Health
  • Kathryn Mishkin Department of Health Policy, Management, and Behavior, University at Albany, State University of New York, NY
  • Faizah Paiwai Institute for Public Health
  • Joanita Sulaiman Ministry of Economic Affairs
  • Norzawati Yoep Institute for Public Health
Keywords: adolescent, condom-utilization, premarital sex

Abstract

High-risk sexual behavior among young adults is concerning to clinicians, public health practitioners and policy makers because it is associated with unintended health outcomes including transmission of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unintended pregnancy.This paper analyzes how knowledge of HIV, experience with dating behavior, and perception of peer behavior factors are associated with having sexual intercourse and use of condoms among adolescent students in Malaysia. National data from school-age adolescents who completed the Malaysian HIV/AIDS Knowledge, Attitude and Practice survey were used. Chi-square analysis and multivariate logistic regression analyses were performed. Having sexual intercourse was associated with urbaneness (p<0.001); correctly answered all UNGASS indicator (p=0.011); and perception of peer behavior having had sex (p=0.001). Condom use among those who had sexual experience was associated with males (p=0.013), believing condoms prevent HIV and STIs (p<0.002), and having friends who report having had sex (p=0.034).Equitable and effective sexual education program must be developed to promote the health of adolescents. Practical education about how condoms may prevent the transmission of STIs and HIV should be promoted.

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Published
2019-05-01
How to Cite
Abdul Mutalip, M. H., Mishkin, K., Paiwai, F., Sulaiman, J., & Yoep, N. (2019). Factors Associated with Sexual Intercourse, Condom-Use, and Perceived Peer Behaviors Among Adolescents in Malaysia: A School-Based Cross-Sectional Study. Malaysian Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (MJSSH), 4(2), 8 - 18. Retrieved from https://msocialsciences.com/index.php/mjssh/article/view/164
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