SEXUAL BEHAVIOURS AND CONTRACEPTIVE USE AMONG ADOLESCENTS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES IN IBADAN NORTH LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, OYO STATE, NIGERIA

Julius Abiodun Ademokoya, Patience Ehimhen Igbeneghu

Abstract


The study investigated knowledge of sexual behaviours and contraceptive use among Adolescents with Learning Disabilities (ALDs) in a Nigerian city. A purposive sampling was used to select 210 participants. Findings showed that the most utilised method of contraception was abstinence (51.0%) though 21.0% had had sexual intercourse and 23.3% had been sexually abused. Age is significantly a determinant of ALDs’ knowledge of sexual behaviour (χ2cal = 278.09, df = 4, p < 0.05) and use of contraceptives (χ2cal = 92.51, df = 4, p < 0.05) while gender is not significantly a determinant factor. Suggestions are made for sexuality education to be intensified in schools for ALDs especially for early adolescents to minimise sexual abuses, unwanted pregnancies and STIs. 

 

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sexual behaviour, contraceptive use, adolescents, learning disabilities

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