Multi-Dimensional Sexuality Attitude

Multi-Dimensional Sexuality Attitude of Rizal Technological University

Students of the College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Henry M. Agong, DTE

  • The study aimed to identify the multidimensional sexuality attitudes of Rizal Technological University ( RTU) College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) students for School Year, 2006-2007 and relate such to selected variables. The correlational method of descriptive research was used in this study. Six hundred Sixty –two ( 662 ) student- respondents from five (5) departments namely, Psychology, Biology, Statistics , Political Science and Chemistry were the subjects of this study.

ABSTRACT

The study aimed to identify the multidimensional sexuality attitudes of Rizal Technological University ( RTU) College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) students for School Year, 2006-2007 and relate such to selected variables.

The correlational method of descriptive research was used in this study. Six hundred Sixty-two ( 662 ) student- respondents from five (5) departments namely, Psychology, Biology, Statistics , Political Science and Chemistry were the subjects of this study.

The weighted mean was used for analyzing how the respondents rated themselves in the twelve (12) factors of the Multidimensional Sexuality Scale. Chi-square was used to test if there was a significant relationship between the Scales of Multidimensional Sexuality and the selected variables using the SPSS .

The findings revealed that the male and female students did not differ in their sexual attitudes. This contradicted to most findings which had been significantly shaped by socio-cultural standards of behavior and gender norms that sent mixed messages about sexuality and imposed different standards for males and females.

Age of the students likewise did not have any significant influence on the students’ sexual behavior which was quite surprising since they belonged in their adolescent years. However, sexual interest and behavior increased significantly during this stage of development.

In terms of ordinal position, significant relationships were observed among the group of respondents. The influence of birth order is still an open issue in relation to its effects on sexuality among adolescents, but a clear pattern has been established on personality.

Respondents’ major field of studies did not pose significant relationships for this particular research. It could be attributed mainly to social context and their pre-established sexual behaviors.

Parent educational attainment was a significant predictor in adolescents’ sexual behavior. The higher the educational attainment of parents’ , the lesser sexual risk and undesirable moral attitude the respondents may get , because of the parents deeper involvement and well-enriched in delivering better child-rearing practices, values and restraints.

Results revealed an averagely low sexual anxiety among the respondents which connote the probability of more sexual experiences. In addition, it was observed the respondents tendency to be more communal in approach to their sexual relationship rather than exchange approach, however , considering the marginal mean scores obtained from the result, the possibility of shifting its sexual attitudes to exchange approach may not be remote considering the behavioral disequilibrium commonly manifested by adolescents.

The respondents were more likely leaning to the belief that sex must be responsible and nonjudgmental. They viewed themselves in a highly favorable manner ( sexual-esteem) but they also described themselves as sexually assertive and sexually aware individuals. In addition, they regarded themselves as being motivated and internally-controlled.

In order to maintain equilibrium on adolescents sexual beliefs, this study recommends preventive measures such as, assessment in greater detail their sexual experiences and the social and psychological context in which sexual experiences occur. First, assessing in greater detail is necessary to tailor interventions from authorities. Prevention programs are often targeted to specific groups on the basis of gender, age or ordinal position and others.. Second, prevention programs should address the social and psychological context in which sexual behaviors occur as part of their intervention or message. Intervention must better address factors such as peer norms, parenting and connections to institutions such as schools and religion that may motivate adolescents to delay sexual activity.

From a research perspective, it is important to examine adolescents’ changing sexual experiences. (e.g. how adolescents move from being delayers to being anticipators). Numerous issues are yet to be addressed that have not been included in this study. One limitation is that, the data are cross-sectional; longitudinal data are needed to untangled cause and effect. A second limitation concerns the sample. The study delimits the sample respondents to the students of the College of Arts and Sciences. Finally, the study has been conducted only with the adolescents in the tertiary level. Future study that includes the secondary level students may prove it otherwise.