Focus Group Discussions with Young People on Premarital Sex and its Consequences

Authors

  • Salmi Razali Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia; Maternofetal & Embryo Research Group (MatE), Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Teknologi MARA , Malaysia
  • Fatimah Sham Faculty of Health Sciences, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia; Maternofetal & Embryo Research Group (MatE), Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Teknologi MARA , Malaysia
  • Razif Dasiman Faculty of Health Sciences, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia; Maternofetal & Embryo Research Group (MatE), Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Teknologi MARA , Malaysia
  • Nor Ashikin Mohamed Noor Khan Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia; Maternofetal & Embryo Research Group (MatE), Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Teknologi MARA , Malaysia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.21834/jabs.v6i19.390

Abstract

Six focus group discussions were conducted among 59 young people to explore the possible factors of premarital sex, ex-nuptial pregnancy, and infant abandonment. Thematic analysis revealed three factors associated with the social crises; i)‘adjustment with the transition in life’- young people described living in a dilemma between the strong urge for more freedom in sexuality and adherence to religious teaching; ii)' conflict in relationships with parents and peers - receptive versus harsh and punitive parenting style and romantic peers relationship versus self-isolation, and iii)' lacking internal defences' - poor religiosity and lack of psychological skills including self-efficacy and self-control.

Keywords: ex-nuptial pregnancy, infant abandonment, premarital sex, young people

eISSN 2514-7528 © 2021 The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA CE-Bs by E-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. This is an open-access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/). Peer-review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians / Africans / Arabians) and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.

DOI:https://doi.org/10.21834/jabs.v6i19.390

Published

2021-09-12

How to Cite

Razali , S. ., Sham, . F. ., Dasiman, R. ., & Mohamed Noor Khan, N. A. . (2021). Focus Group Discussions with Young People on Premarital Sex and its Consequences. Journal of ASIAN Behavioural Studies, 6(19), 45-59. https://doi.org/10.21834/jabs.v6i19.390

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