International Journal of
Psychology and Counselling

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Psychol. Couns.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2499
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJPC
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 213

Full Length Research Paper

Prevalence of premarital sex and factors influencing it among students in a private tertiary institution in Nigeria

  Adeoye, Ayodele O1*, Ola, Omolayo2 and Aliu, Bose2  
  1Department of General Studies, School of Education and Humanities, Babcock University Ilishan – Remo, Nigeria. 2Department of Public and Allied Health, School of Science and Technology, Babcock University Ilishan – Remo, Nigeria.
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  •  Accepted: 24 November 2011
  •  Published: 31 January 2012



This study examined prevalence of premarital sexual activities among the youth in a selected private University in Nigeria. A sample of 300 students comprised of 176 males and 124 females were randomly selected to participate in the study. The mean age and standard deviation was 21.7 ± 6.3 years. The ex-post-facto research design was employed. A 35 item; youth premarital sexual activities (YPSA) developed by the researchers was used to generate data for the study. All the hypotheses data were tested at 0.05 level of significance. Data was analyzed with the use of Independent t-test and Multiple Regression and Analysis of Variance. The results indicated that there is a significant difference between the sex, age and family background and premarital sexual activities, as F (3,296) = 3.303; P< 0.05. Also, family background contributed most to premarital activities (β=0.439; t=4.174; P<0.05), followed by age grouping as β = 216; t = 2.142 (P< .05) and finally by gender, (β = .083; t = .825; P >0 .05). Lastly, there is no significant difference between the age grouping and premarital sexual activities. It is seen that β = 0.319; df = 298 (P> 0.05). On the basis of finding, it was concluded that gender and family background play a vital role in engagement of premarital sexual activities by young people, whereas age that suppose to have impact on the dependent variable proved wrong the intention of the researchers.


Key words: Gender, age, family background and premarital sexual activities.