Does Religiosity Curb Risky Sexual Behavior among Adolescents?

Bunga Mutiara1), Uki Retno Budihastuti2)Eti Poncorini Pamungkasari3)


1)Masters Program in Public Health, Universitas Sebelas Maret

2)Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Moewardi Hospital, Surakarta

3)Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Sebelas Maret



Background: Adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH) is an im­por­tant global health issue. Some of the challenges faced by adolescents across the world include early pregnancy and parenthood, difficulties accessing contra­cep­tion and safe abortion, and high rates of HIV and sexually transmitted infec­tions. How­ever, ASRH has been overlooked historically despite the high risks that coun­tries face for its neglect. This study aimed to examine the effects of religiosity and paren­tal role on risky sexual behavior among adolescents.

Subjects and Method: This was a case control study conducted in Madiun, East Java, from April 4 to May 14, 2018. A sample of 150 adolescents was selected for this study by fixed disease sampling. The dependent variable was risky sexual beha­­vior. The independent variables were negative attitude, religiosity, and paren­tal role. The data were collected by questionnaire and analyzed by a multi­ple logistic regression.

Results: The risk of risky sexual behavior in adolescents decreased with strong paren­tal role (OR= 0.25; 95% CI<0.01 to 0.56; p= 0.020) and religiosity (OR= 0.12; 95% CI= 0.01 to 0.21; p= 0.002), but increased with negative attitude (OR= 28.57; 95% CI= 1.44 to 5.64; p= 0.028).

Conclusion: The risk of risky sexual behavior in adolescents decrease with strong parental role and religiosity, but increases with negative attitude.

Keywords: risky sexual behavior, religiosity, parental role, adolescents

Correspondence: Bunga Mutiara. Masters Program in Public Health, Universitas Sebelas Maret, Jl. Ir. Sutami 36 A, Surakarta 57126, Central Java. Email: Mobile: 0816567494.


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