Influence of perceived social support and attitude towards teenage pregnancy on sexual risk behaviour of undergraduates of Federal University Oye-Ekiti
Keywords:Perceived social support, attitude towards teenage pregnancy, gender, sexual risk behaviour, Nigeria.
Generally, youths of reproductive age in Nigeria continue to be vulnerable to HIV and AIDS infections and re-infections due to risky sexual behaviour, involving having sexual intercourse with multiple non-marital, non-cohabiting sexual partners and not practicing safe sex. The objective of the study was to investigate the impact of social support and attitude toward teenage pregnancy on sexual risk behaviour among undergraduates. This is towards providing evidence and direct solutions to the reduction of sexual risk behaviours amongst young people globally. The study adopted an ex-post facto research design. A total of 302 undergraduates were conveniently sampled in the study. Participants were administered with the multidimensional perceived social support, attitude towards teenage pregnancy and sexual risk behaviour scales. The two hypotheses that guided the study were tested using an independent samples t-test which was all confirmed. The results of the tested hypotheses showed that perceived social support has significant influence on sexual risk behaviour t=-5.09; df =300; p<.05. Similarly, attitude towards teenage pregnancy also has significant influence on sexual risk behaviour t=3.54; df =300; p<.05. Based on findings, it was concluded that perceived social support has an influence on sexual risk behaviour; attitude towards teenage pregnancy has an influence towards sexual risk behaviour.