A Study of Knowledge And Attitude of Adolescents in Relation to Sex Education in Secondary Schools in Nigeria: An Introductory Study
This study investigated the knowledge of and the disposition of adolescents to sex education in a local government area in Nigeria. It also examined the influence of sex and religion on the knowledge and attitude of the adolescents. A sample of 150 adolescents (62 males and 88 females) aged 13 to 18 years was selected purposively from Senior Secondary School Three Class (SSS 3) from four randomly selected secondary schools in the area. An instrument developed by the researcher and titled “Questionnaire on Knowledge of and Attitude towards Sex Education” (QKASE) was used to elicit information from the adolescents. Data collected were analysed using percentages, t test and ANOVA. The results of data analysis showed that the knowledge of the adolescents about sex education was inadequate. For example 40% did not know that sex education educates one about the function of sex. The adolescents were favourably disposed to sex education being introduced into schools (98%) and 76% of the adolescents wanted good books on sex education in their libraries. There were also significant sex differences in the knowledge of and attitude of the adolescents to sex education. Religion was found to have no significant influence on the knowledge and attitude of the adolescents.
Keywords: Knowledge, Attitude, Adolescents, Sex Education, Secondary Schools, Nigeria
Dr. Bonke Adepeju Omoteso
Senior Lecturer, Department of Educational Foundations and Counseling, Obafemi Awolowo University