Sexuality Education and Counselling—Insights from a Survey of Peer Influence on Adolescent University Students’ Sexuality
This article is an attempt to alert sexuality educators and counsellors to the viability of peer association as machinery for propagating sexual ideals and mores. The study reported here examined the influence of peers on the sexuality of adolescents in public universities. The study utilised the ex post facto survey design; a randomised sample of 1,580 adolescent students; and the Tertiary Institution Students’ Sexuality Questionnaire to answer the question: How do peer groups influence the sexuality of adolescent students in public universities in Akwa Ibom State? Analysis of the data collected showed that peers have a persuasive influence on the sexuality of adolescent students in the public universities surveyed. Based on the dynamics of peer influence discussed from the findings, the researchers recommended among other things that peer counselling and peer education on sexuality should be designed and utilised in programmes of sexuality education. This will allow peers to positively influence peers to adopt healthy pro-social sexual mores and ideals and thus forestall sexual maladjustment among adolescents in public universities.
Sex, Sexuality, Adolescence, Adolescents, University Students, Sex Education, Peer Counselling, Peer Education, Peer Influence, Peer Group
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