Risky Sexual Behaviour and Contraceptive Use Among Young Adults in Public Colleges of Education in Ogun State, Nigeria

ADEGBITE Saidat Bola, ADEGBITE Zainab Oyindamola


Despite the benefits of contraception, young adults still engage in Risky Sexual Behaviour (RSB), which predisposes them to various sexual health-related challenges. Risky Sexual behaviour increases the prevalence of sexually transmitted infections, abortion, and unplanned pregnancy among others. This study examined risky sexual behaviour and contraceptive use among young adults in public Colleges of Education in Ogun State. One hundred and ninety-nine young adults from two colleges of education in Ogun State were included in this study utilizing the multi-stage sampling technique. This study used a control experimental design with a pretest and posttest. Two research questions were raised and answered. Three validated and reliable instruments were also used for data collection. These include Knowledge of Contraceptive Methods (KCMQ) (. Utilization of contraceptive methods (UCMQ) (  = 0.87) and Risky Sexual Behaviour (RSBQ) ( = 0.82). technique. Data collected were analyzed, using descriptive statistics of Mean and Standard Deviation to answer the research questions. The analyses of findings revealed a significant difference between the pre-knowledge of contraceptive methods and the post-knowledge of contraceptive methods. The participants' use of contraceptives before and after the treatment showed significant differences as well. Reproductive health education for young adults should be strengthened, and youth-friendly units should be established at the Nigeria Colleges of Education Health Center. For the inclusion of school-based contraceptive use education as curriculum innovation techniques, health educators should cooperate with the Ministry of Education. This is required to make them aware of the necessary abilities, information, and utilization of suitable contraceptive methods.

Keywords: Contraceptive, Knowledge, Utilization, Young Adult

DOI: 10.7176/JHMN/104-02

Publication date: November 30th 2022

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