Filipino Youth’s Self-Efficacy in Sexual Health: Implications on Sexuality and Reproductive Health Education and Services
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Universidad de Granada
Sexual self-efficacySexuality and Reproductive Health Education and ServicesFilipino youth
Jona Addatu-Cambri (2023). Filipino Youth’s Self-Efficacy in Sexual Health: Implications on Sexuality and Reproductive Health Education and Services. Journal for Educators, Teachers and Trainers, Vol. 14(3). 679-691. [DOI: 10.47750/jett.2023.14.03.079]
Sexual self-efficacy or one’s confidence level, also described as the knowledge, skills, and comfort to carry out different sexual health practices, was explored in this study using a cohort of Filipino youth. Results revealed that among the identified sexual health practices, respondents have a moderate self-efficacy in the following: practicing abstinence and safer sex, observing sexual equality/diversity, and preventing sexual assault and their sexual self-efficacy is low when it comes to sexual health care and sexual relationships. Results also indicate that there are variations as to the sexual self-efficacy level based on age, ethnicity and relationship status. There is a significant difference however as to the respondents’ sexual self-efficacy when grouped according sex, sexual orientation and religion. With regard the respondents’ perception on the importance of specified sexual and reproductive health programs and services, those that point to prevention of sexual abuse and gender-based violence, management of mental health issues related to sexual health, family planning information, counselling on methods of contraception including emergency contraceptive methods are amongst the top 3. Implications pointed to the need for higher education institutions to strengthen initiatives onward the promotion of sexual self-efficacy and reproductive health and well-being of the Filipino youth, in consonance to the provisions of Republic Act No. 10354 or the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act. Hence, the prioritization of university-based sexuality and reproductive health education and services which are gender-inclusive, age-appropriate, and culturally and religiously sensitive becomes an imperative.