Adolescent Sexual Ideology and Sexuality

The main purpose of this study is to determine the relationship between sexual ideology and adolescent sexuality in Butterworth, Penang. Respondents were 241 students within age range of 13 - 18 years old from three selected secondary schools. Respondents were selected through convenience sampling method. Self-administered questionnaire was used as a tool for data collection. Sexual Ideology Scale (WHO 2004), Sexual Knowledge Scale, Sexual Attitude Scale and Sexual Behavior Assessment (Yaacob, Baharudin, Juhari, Mansor, Talib and Wong 2009) were used to measure sexual ideology and adolescent sexuality. Findings showed
significant relationships between sexual ideology with sexual knowledge (r=.283, p<0.01) and sexual behavior (r=.278, p<0.01). Sexual ideology have been denote to be related to adolescent sexual knowledge and sexual behavior but not related to adolescent sexual attitude. Findings from this study support the importance of sexual education to create better understanding about sexuality among adolescents.

Keywords: Sexual Ideology, Sexual Knowledge, Sexual Attitude, Sexual Behavior, Adolescent

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