Perceptions of sexual practices among undergraduate students in a Rajabhat University
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This research examined the perceptions of sexual practices among 670 adolescent males (194) and females (476) who enrolled in 21 first-year-classrooms in Spring 2015 at a Rajabhat University in the northern region of Thailand. This study also investigated how demographic information affected the scores of the Sexual Health Inventory through the socio-ecological framework. The instrument was adapted from the Sexual Health Inventory, developed by Edwards (2004). It consisted of ten components. Participants were asked to respond on a Likert Scale with answers ranging from “Strongly Agree,” “Agree,” “Neither Agree or Disagree,” “Disagree,” to “Strongly Disagree.” The independent variables in this study were participants’ gender, family income, and educational levels of parents and the dependent variables were scores on the Sexual Health Inventory. Descriptive statistics, MANOVAs, and Pearson r correlations were utilized in this study. Findings indicated that participants had high scores on Component 1: Talking about Sex and 8: Positive Sexuality but low scores on component 5: Challenges-Overcoming the Barrier and 10: Spirituality and Values. There were correlations among the 10 components in this inventory. There were no significant differences based on gender for Component 2: Culture and Sexuality, 9: Intimacy and Relationships, and 10: Spirituality and Values. There were no significant differences based on family income except Component 7: Masturbation and Fantasy and 8: Positive Sexuality. There were significant differences on Component 2: Culture and Sexuality and 5: Challenges-Overcoming the Barrier based on parents’ educational levels. This study presented a discussion on the results and made the recommendations for future studies.