Association of Knowledge and Family Support with Premarital Sex among Street Children in Medan, North Sumatera

Vini Vidi Vici Sitinjak


Masters Program in Public Health, Faculty of Public Health



Background: The concept ‘street children’ and/or ‘street kid’ encompasses any child or adolescent under the age of eighteen who works and/or lives in the street alone or with his or her family or asylum seekers who are technically homeless and without support. This study aimed to assess the association of knowledge and family support with premarital sex among street children in Medan, North Sumatera.

Subjects and Method: This was a cross-sectional study conducted at KKSP Foun­­dation in Medan, North Sumatera. A sample of street children was selected for this study by purposive sampling. The dependent variable was premarital sex.  The independent variables were knowledge and family support. The data were collec­ted by questionnaire and analyzed by a multiple logistic regression.

Results: Poor knowledge (OR= 2.34; p=0.019) and weak family support (OR= 3.10; p= 0.003) were associated with an increased risk of premarital sex.

Conclusion: Poor knowledge and weak family support are associated with an in­­creased risk of premarital sex among street children.

Keywords: knowledge, family support, premarital sex, street children

Correspondence: Vini Vidi Vici Sitinjak. Masters Program in Public Health, Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Sumatera Utara, Medan, North Sumatera. Email: Mobile: 082165006421


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