alexa Early Sexual Initiation among Malaysian Adolescents in Welfare Institutions: A Qualitative Study
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Research Article

Early Sexual Initiation among Malaysian Adolescents in Welfare Institutions: A Qualitative Study

Nik Farid ND1*, Dahlui M2, Che’ Rus S3, Aziz NA1 and Al-Sadat N4

1Faculty of Medicine, Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Malaya-50603, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2Faculty of Medicine, Julius Centre, University of Malaya, 50603, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

3Institute for Health Behavioural Research, Ministry of Health Malaysia, Jalan Rumah Sakit Bangsar, 50590, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

4Faculty of Medicine, Centre for Population Health, University of Malaya, 50603, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

*Corresponding Author:
Nik Farid ND
Faculty of Medicine
Department of Social and Preventive Medicine
University of Malaya 50603, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: +60-3-79677022
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: September 17, 2015 Accepted date: October 08, 2015 Published date: October 14, 2015

Citation: Nik Farid ND, Dahlui M, Che’ Rus S, Aziz NA, Al-Sadat N (2015) Early Sexual Initiation among Malaysian Adolescents in Welfare Institutions: A Qualitative Study. Arts Social Sci J 6:129. doi:10.4172/2151-6200.1000129

Copyright: © 2015 Nik Farid ND. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Background: In recent years, more adolescents have been engaging in early sexual intercourse in Malaysia. This has become a public health concern due to its implications regarding sexually transmitted infections and teenage pregnancy. The objective of this study was to better understand the factors that influence early sexual initiation among adolescents and the circumstances in which this occurs. Methods: Criterion samples of adolescents aged 13–19 who admitted to consensual sexual intercourse before age 18 were recruited from four welfare institutions in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor. Data were collected using indepth interviews and essay writing. This study was guided by a grounded thematic theory methodology. Results: Adolescents identified proximal factors such as curiosity, stress relief, partner acquiescence and peer pressure to be directly associated with their early sexual initiation. Other factors, such as poor religiosity, domestic violence, poor interest in school and loitering with friends, were factors in some way related to early sexual initiation. Conclusion: The explorative approach used in this current study found that adolescents’ experiences of early sexual initiation were strongly bound to factors within their social world.


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