Indigenous Adolescents’ Attitude toward Premarital Sexual Behavior
This study was conducted to understand the attitudes of indigenous adolescents toward premarital sex. This study targeted 28 indigenous teenage girls and 22 indigenous teenage boys at two secondary schools and one high school in Hualien County. Eight focus groups were formed for 90 to 100-min group interviews. Interview transcripts were coded and categorized using MAXQDA Version 11.0, and the data were analyzed according to the framework of the focus group analysis. The indigenous adolescents’ attitudes toward premarital sex involved three dimensions as follows: external influence, the developmental characteristics of adolescence, and weakened cultural restraints. For the indigenous adolescents, external influence included many people they knew had had premarital sex, premarital sex was common and considered normal, and parents’ attitude toward sexual practices. The developmental characteristics of adolescence were the hope to “fit in” with peer groups, the personal intention to try sex, the dilemma between refusing and consenting to perform sex, and the belief that getting pregnant the first time you have sex is impossible. Weakened cultural restraints encompassed sex being considered as a taboo subject, reduced traditional disapproval, and the restrictions imposed by ancestral preaching. The research results revealed that the indigenous adolescents were exposed to numerous external influences. In addition, because of the developmental characteristics during adolescence, they were curious about sex and wanted to try it. Simultaneously, traditional cultural restraints are weakening; thus, indigenous adolescents constitute a high-risk group for having premarital sex. The results may serve as a reference for designing sexuality education programs and counseling for indigenous adolescents.
|關鍵詞||性教育、青少年、原住民、婚前性行為、焦點團體訪談、sexuality education、adolescents、indigene、premarital sexual behavior、focus group|