Association between Self Control and Premarital Sexual Behavior in Junior High School Students Near Localization Area

Nindita Arum Veibiani1), Anisa Catur Wijayanti2), Izzatul Arifah2)

1)Masters Program in Public Health, Universitas Sebelas Maret

2)Study Program of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences,

Universitas Muhammadiyah Surakarta


Background: The sexual behavior of adolescents is one of the health priorities of society because of a high prevalence of HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and unwanted pregnancies. Recently, low self-control has been associated with early sexual initiation and with risky sexual behaviors. The purpose of this study was to examine the association between self-control and premarital sexual behavior in junior high school students near localization area.

Subjects and Method: A cross sectional study was conducted at Junior High Schools that located near localization area in Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia. The study population was junior highs school students. A number of 264 students was selected for this study by cluster random sampling. The dependent variable was premarital sexual behavior. The independent variable was self-control. The data were collected by questionnaire and analyzed by Chi square test.

Results: Lower self control increasds the risk premarital sexual behavior in adoles­cents and it was statistically significant (OR= 0.26; 95% CI= 0.15 to 0.44; p<0.001).

Conclusion: Lower self control increases the risk premarital sexual behavior in adolescents.

Keywords: self control, premarital sexual behavior, adolescents

Corespondence: Nindita Arum Veibiani. Masters Program in Public Health, Universitas Sebelas Maret. Jl. Ir. Sutami 36A, Surakarta 57126, Central Java. Email: Mobile: +6285800216969.



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