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: 589

Article in Press

DETERMINANTS OF INTERNET-BASED RESOURCES FOR SEX EDUCATION AMONG IN-SCHOOL AND OUT-OF-SCHOOL ADOLESCENTS IN KOGI STATE, NIGERIA


  •  Received: 21 April 2021
  •  Accepted: 21 April 2021
Adolescents are young individuals between of ages 10-19 years who are transitioning from children into adults. They are at a stage of life where they develop or undergo physiological, psychological, social, cognitive and economical changes(Agbede, Kio, & Ajetunmobi; Aji et al., 2013; Esere, 2008). Increase in sexual urge, changes in emotional responses and thoughts are the major characteristics of this stage of development which makes them curious, exploratory and a vulnerable group of people(Isiugo-Abanihe et al., 2015). Adolescents need adequate guidance and information resources to steer through this essential phase of their physical, emotional and mental growth in order to imbibe good sexual habits and ideas(Labban, 2015). Many schools do not have guidance and counseling units where students can go to obtain information on sex related matters. Teachers and parents also are not comfortable discussing sex, sexuality and sexual health openly leaving adolescent students with inadequate information on sexuality(Ewenike & Nworgu; Mturi, 2003; Simon & Daneback, 2013). This has caused adolescents to look for answers on their own, turning to peers, media, internet and other sources with questionable quality or accuracy of information and this situation increases the chances of adolescents indulging in risky sexual behaviours and experimentations(Esere, 2008). Unlike adults, adolescents are likely to access information online because it is convenient , anonymity and non-inflicting attributes, make it an appealing information source to the adolescents, especially for sex education issues(Borzekowski & Rickert, 2001; Gould, Munfakh, Lubell, Kleinman, & Parker, 2002; Gray, Klein, Noyce, Sesselberg, & Cantrill, 2005) . This observation can be accommodated by the Uses and Gratification Theory, which emphasizes the significance of people's value for independence in the search.