Journal of
Public Health and Epidemiology

  • Abbreviation: J. Public Health Epidemiol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2316
  • DOI: 10.5897/JPHE
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 511

Full Length Research Paper

Knowledge, attitudes and behaviors of premarital sex among bedsit-living students in Hue City, Vietnam

Nguyen Thi Thanh Nhan
  • Nguyen Thi Thanh Nhan
  • Faculty of Public Health, Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Hue University, Vietnam.
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Phan Trieu Phu
  • Phan Trieu Phu
  • Oxford University Clinical Research Unit, Vietnam
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Phan Thi Thanh Tra
  • Phan Thi Thanh Tra
  • Faculty of Public Health, Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Hue University, Vietnam.
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Pham Thi Anh Phuong
  • Pham Thi Anh Phuong
  • Faculty of Public Health, Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Hue University, Vietnam.
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Nguyen Quynh Nhu
  • Nguyen Quynh Nhu
  • Faculty of Public Health, Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Hue University, Vietnam.
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Nguyen Thi Thu
  • Nguyen Thi Thu
  • Faculty of Public Health, Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Hue University, Vietnam.
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  •  Received: 26 November 2018
  •  Accepted: 09 April 2019
  •  Published: 30 April 2019

Abstract

The study aimed to explore knowledge, attitudes and behaviors of premarital sex and its associated factors among bedsit-living students. A community-based cross-sectional study was conducted in Hue city, Vietnam in 2015. Multi-stage cluster sampling was used to recruit students. Data were collected by using a self-administered questionnaire at participant’s room. A total of 730 students (men/women: 44.2%/55.8%, mean age: 20.9 years) were enrolled. Prevalence of premarital sex was 11.9% with an average age of first sexual intercourse at 19.8 ± 2.2 years. For premarital sex, 13.3 to 19.5% students did not have enough knowledge of reproductive health and safe sex, 34.1% agreed on different situations. Male students accepted premarital sex more than female students did (45.8% vs. 24.8%, p < 0.001, 2). Gender, age group, marital status, knowledge of consequences of premarital sex and knowledge of STDs prevention were associated with attitude and practice of premarital sex (p < 0.05, 2). The prevalence of premarital sex was comparable with recent domestic and regional data, yet implied an increased trend. Up to one-fifth of students were not equipped with enough knowledge of safe sex, therefore, reproductive and sexual health education for bedsit-living students should be reinforced.

Key words:  Premarital sex, knowledge, attitude, behavior, students.