Sexual knowledge and practice of adolescent learners in a rural South African school

Show simple item record Mostert, Karien Sethole, Khethiwe Margaret Khumisi, Oumiki Peu, Mmapheko Doriccah Thambura, Julius Muchui Ngunyulu, Roinah Nkhensani Mulaudzi, Mavis F. 2020-10-17T06:22:52Z 2020-10-17T06:22:52Z 2020-03
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND: Premature sexual activity has become a norm in South African society, often resulting in teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STD). Occurrence of premature sexual activity is related to insufficient education, gender inequalities, household poverty and place of residence. The Stepping Stones project uses a 10-session programme to educate learners about relationships, HIV-prevention and teenage pregnancy. The purpose was to measure and describe learners’ sexual knowledge and activities in a rural technical secondary school in North-west Province, South Africa. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey. Questionnaires were distributed to learners in grade 8 to 12. Descriptive statistics was used in analysis. RESULTS: Seventy-nine questionnaires were analysed. Despite a young sample, 26.6% were sexually active and 24.1% engaged in sexual activity. The mean age for first-time sexual intercourse was 15.2±2.3 years. The use of contraceptives was low (41.2%) and participants reported difficulty in talking to partners about condom use (54.8%). Almost half (45.5%) of the participants had never heard of STDs. Participants expressed a need to use social media as a sex education tool (12.3%). The primary source of information was from school-based programmes (58.0%). CONCLUSION: Findings point to unsafe sexual practice of learners at a school in rural South Africa, even from an early age. This concern is accompanied by the occurrence of low levels of sexually-related knowledge. The learners would benefit from continued implementation of the Stepping Stones programme. Implementation could be improved by incorporating social media and emphasising gender equality and negotiation skills in sexually vulnerable situations. en_ZA
dc.description.department Nursing Science en_ZA
dc.description.department Physiotherapy en_ZA
dc.description.department Radiography en_ZA
dc.description.department School of Health Systems and Public Health (SHSPH) en_ZA
dc.description.librarian pm2020 en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Mostert, K., Sethole, K.M., Khumisi, O. et al. 2020, 'Sexual knowledge and practice of adolescent learners in a rural South African school', African Health Sciences, vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 28-38. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1680-6905 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1729-0503 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4314/ahs.v20i1.6
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Makerere University Medical School en_ZA
dc.rights © 2020 Mostert K et al. Licensee: African Health Sciences. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Sexual knowledge en_ZA
dc.subject Adolescent learners en_ZA
dc.subject South Africa (SA) en_ZA
dc.subject Sexually transmitted diseases (STD) en_ZA
dc.title Sexual knowledge and practice of adolescent learners in a rural South African school en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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