Sex Education: Level of Knowledge and Its Effects on the Sexual Behavior and Opinions Among the Government Senior High School Students of Vigan City SY 2018-2019

Abstract

The Philippines, being a Christian country, finds Sex Education a sensitive topic to discuss with. But, with the increasing cases of pregnancies, sexually-transmitted diseases and other forms of sexually-related violence, the Philippine government raised their vote to integrate and teach sex education in the curriculum. After recognizing the vital role of education on the rising incidences of early pregnancy, sexual violence and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection among youth, a DepEd Order was passed to include sexuality education in order to mandate the provision of an age appropriate reproductive health education for adolescents. The main objective is to elicit the baseline information of students on Sex Education and to give a background on their current sexual knowledge, behaviors and opinions. This study used quantitative method specifically, non-experimental descriptive-correlational research design. A questionnaire that underwent validation and reliability testing was utilized as a form of instrumentation. Out of the 846 respondents, 19.15% already tried engaging in sexual intercourse, most of which having 1-2 sexual partners (10.99%), with the usual age of 16 years old (6.74%). Respondents prefer masturbation over vaginal, oral or anal sex and those who had sexual experience are embarrassed buying contraceptives. The extent of Cumulative Sexual Education information gained by the students is generally “low” and their Sexual Knowledge and Sexual Opinion are at “average” level. The extent of Sexual Behaviors of those who don’t have sexual experience is “low” but “average” among those who already had experience. However, gender orientation shows significant difference in their sexual behavior.



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Michelle Gallao, University of Northern Philippines, Philippines
Pamela Daniel, University of Northern Philippines, Philippines
Dianne Shayne Faylogna, University of Northern Philippines, Philippines
Adelaida Galivo, University of Northern Philippines, Philippines
Nema Jovinni Guerrero, University of Northern Philippines, Philippines
Marife Amor Taqueban, University of Northern Philippines, Philippines

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Conference: SEACE2020
Stream: Interdisciplinary

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