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Adolescent sexuality and sexuality education in South-Western Nigeria: Combining quantitative and participatory methodologies

Tolulope M. Ola, Department of Sociology, Faculty of the Social Sciences, University of Ado-Ekiti
Abosede Oludare, University of Ibadan

This paper investigates the teaching of sexuality education in schools as a solution to adolescents’ sexuality problems in South-Western Nigeria. Issues considered in adolescent sexuality include conceptions of sexuality and patterns of sexual relationships, level of knowledge about sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and magnitude of SRH problems. Data was generated from a cross-sectional questionnaire survey and participatory methodologies (Focus group discussions (FGD) and In-depth interviews (IDI). Findings of the study revealed the level of sexuality knowledge and awareness of respondents. Sexuality education has not been fully incorporated into some of the schools curriculum and much of what is known about sexuality is mainly received from peers who are often ignorant about these issues and provide either erroneous or inadequate information. The study concludes that teaching of sexuality education in schools will impact positively on adolescent sexuality behaviours in South-western Nigeria.

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Presented in Poster Session 3