Risky-Sexuality and the Perceptual Assessment of the Intervention Constituencies: A gender Analysis of Lagos’ School-based Adolescents
AbstractThe inadequacies of the typical study designs and the parameters employed in the performance-assessment of adolescents’ sexual-behavioural interventions in the context of HIV/AIDS, provoked this study. It examines risky-sexuality of gender-categorized adolescents; their access to intervention actors and relevance-ascription to existing interventions, classified by originating constituencies. Using a questionnaire administered by purposive-cum-random sampling techniques to final-year Senior Secondary School students, in Lagos, Nigeria, it collected information on parental backgrounds; personal sexuality attributes; exposure to agents-cum-instruments of sexual behavioural re-orientation; and personal assessment of benefitted interventions from the specified constituencies. Findings indicate that both genders which converge appreciably on some personal/parental attributes, contrast on risky-sexuality attributes, and in their relative exposure to constituency-differentiated interventions. Statistical hypothesis shows both genders contrasting on relevance-ascription to intervention constituencies. The study conclusively canvassed for improvement in male-intervention attention, including extending the current analytical-purview to include correlate-analysis of relevance-ascription, and other concerns that broaden intervention-researches’ usefulness
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