PREDICTORS OF SEXUAL VALUE SYSTEMS AMONG LAGOS UNIVERSITY STUDENTS
Families lay down the basic sense of self, establishing one’s initial motivations, values, and beliefs (1).Because humans have such a long period of dependence before becoming independent adults, family is the main avenue for socialization of young children to their culture.
However, schools and television are assuming ever-more influence over many children as increasing number of mothers are joining the work force when their children are very young, many parents lack the necessary knowledge about sexuality, and still others are not at ease to discuss sexuality issues with their children (2, 3). High divorce rates, sexually transmitted diseases, unwanted pregnancies, abortions, and related health problems frequently follow romantically-driven decisions on sexual relationships. The psychological and socioeconomic cost of these problems and the impact of their cascade on the national social welfare, with the universal nature of sexual relationships, are immense (1,
Despite efforts made by schools, health institutions, mass media, governmental and nongovernmental organizations to promote reproductive health, unwanted pregnancies, abortions, sexually transmitted infections
including HIV/AIDS are not declining proportionally (4, 5, 6). In addition to that, there are evidences that
premarital sex is increasing even at ages earlier than ever before, divorce rates are shooting up, and prostitution has
flourished in major towns and cities (6, 7, 8). This may be, at least partly, attributable to the failure of the sex
education strategy to focus on the development of the appropriate sexual value system which guides the sexual behavior of young people. Evidences show that sex education focusing only on facts outside a value frame work makes young people even more romantic rather than enabling them to make matured reproductive health decisions (2, 9).
The knowledge of sexual value systems with factors influencing it is extremely important in the prediction and control of behaviors related to sexuality. Until the time of this study, there was no documented information about the sexual value systems of young people in Lagos, and the study area in particular.
TABLE OF CONTENT
Background of the study
Statement of the problem
Purpose of the study
Significance of the study
Limitation of the study
Review of literature
Research design and methodology
Sources of data
Location of data
Method of investigation
Recommendation and conclusion