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Journal of Advances in Medicine and Medical Research, ISSN: 2456-8899, ISSN: 2231-0614 (Past),Vol.: 22, Issue.: 8


Perceived Parental Behaviour as Predictor of In-school Adolecent Sexual Risk Behaviour in Ibadan, Nigeria


Aderonke A. Akintola1*

1Department of Pure and Applied Psychology, Faculty of Social and Management Sciences, Adekunle Ajasin University, P.M.B. 001, Akungba-Akoko, 34-234 Ondo State, Nigeria.

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(1) Kalpy Julien Coulibaly, Département Environnement et Santé (Intérim), Institut Pasteur de Côte d'Ivoire, Université Félix Houphouet-Boigny, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.


(1) Ludgleydson Fernandes De Araújo, Federal University of Paraíba, Brazil.

(2) Ana Cristina Wanderley da Paixão, Instituto Fernandes Figueira, Brasil.

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Sexual risk behavior among youth, defined as early sexual initiation, unprotected intercourse, or sex with multiple partners, is a major area of concern to parents or caregivers and the health professionals given the many associated negative consequences. There is dearth of literature on the influence of perceived parental behavior on adolescent sexual risk behavior in the country-Nigeria. This study therefore investigated the prediction of sexual risky behavior of the youth by their perception of their parental behaviors. A cross sectional survey involving 1,589 participants, male (n=753), female (n=836) aged 13 to 19 years drawn from 10 private and 19 public secondary schools in three of the five Local Government Areas (LGA) in Ibadan Metropolis was carried out. Regression analysis revealed significant prediction by parental psychological control  (β=.10, t=3.99, p<.01) while the other parental behavioural dimensions were not significant. Implication is an overuse of psychological control. Efforts should be geared towards eliciting healthy parental behavior through teaching parenting skills and also giving the adolescents cognitive therapy.

Keywords :

Perceived parental psychological control; perceived parental risk-taking; perceived parental behavioural control; perceived parental support; adolescent sexual risk behavior.

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DOI : 10.9734/JAMMR/2017/33667

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