Factors influencing pre-marital sexual intercourse among unmarried young individuals in Cambodia

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Factors influencing pre-marital sexual intercourse among unmarried young individuals in Cambodia

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By Vanthy Mai,
Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
December 2019


Cambodia has a young population structure compared with that of other countries in Southeast Asia such as Thailand, Vietnam,and Singapore.10The study of risky sexual behavior among young individual in Cambodia showed that the sexually active young individual are having risky sexual behavior such as engage in multiple sexual partner and less likely to use condom.

Women are expected to follow social norm and beliefs which allow men to enjoy their ‘gender privilege’, while 148Mai, et al.Makara JHealth Res.December2019| Vol. 23| No. 3women under-value their own capacity and potential.22Simultaneously, confirming the traditional norm, which strongly values a woman’s virginity before marriage, contributes to the fact that women are less likely to initiated in to pre-marital sexual compare to young man.

The results of our study among young individual in Cambodia found that young individual at the higher age group (20–24 years), male young individual and those who live in urban area are more likely to engage in premarital sexual intercourse compare to their counterpart. Moreover, experience living away and smoking behaviorare also factors which influencing premarital sexual intercourse among unmarried young individual in Cambodia. The result suggested to develop appropriate reproductive health promotion programs specifically for those who live in urban areas. In fact, government and related ministry should provide comprehensive education on SRH issues and disease prevention programsfor young individuals with regard to protection from other types of sexually transmitted diseases

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