Reproductive Health Education Programmes and Services (RHPS) have been
developed to help adolescents acquire knowledge and skills to express their sexuality
in life enhancing ways. It is however, noted that the monitoring and evaluation of
RHPS have not been done by Delta state personnel to ascertain its effectiveness in
curbing at-risk sexual behaviour of in-school adolescents in the State. Studies
revealed that 80% of patients with abortion complicated issues are adolescents.
Therefore, ignoring the reproductive and sexual health needs of adolescents will have
dire consequences. The at-risk sexual health problems among in-school adolescents in
Delta State can no longer be ignored due to its enormous consequences that affect not
only the adolescents but families, communities and the nation at large. This has led to
the increasing demand for expanded programming on RHPS. This study, therefore,
evaluated Reproductive Health Education Programmes and Services and their impacts
on Sexual behaviour among in- school adolescents in Delta State, Nigeria.
The study adopted ex-post facto research design. The multi-stage, cluster
random and purposive sampling technique were used to select 1939 respondents
(1,515 students; 346 teachers; and 78 Health care providers) from 26 public secondary
schools in Delta State. Three questionnaires: Questionnaire for Health Care Providers
RHPS-HCP (r-0.74), Questionnaire for Students RHPS-STD (r-0.84), and
Questionnaire for Teachers RHPS-TCP (r-0.81) were used. These were
complemented with two sessions of FGD held with students. Five research questions
were answered and nine hypotheses tested at 0.05 level of significance. Data were
analyzed using percentages; t-test and multiple regressions. The qualitative data were
Reproductive Health Educational Programmes (RHEP) (F (4, 1510) =7.921;
p<.05), Reproductive Health Services (RHS) (F (3, 1511) =15.221; p<0.5) and YouthFriendly Health Services Environment (F (3, 1511) =35.299; p<0.5) had significant
influence on in-school adolescents sexual behaviour. The relative contribution of
RHEP was ranked as follows: family life education (β= 0.145), peer education (β=
0.066); the relative contribution of RHES was ranked as follows: contraceptive
counselling (β=0.137), and HIV/STIs counselling (β= 0.179). Teachers did not
observe significant positive changes in students’ sexual behaviour and also Reproductive Health Knowledge of in-school adolescents was not significant. Focus
Group Discussions revealed that students agreed to delay sexual initiation and avoid
abortion. Peer education was ranked as the most influential on the sexual behaviour
of in-school adolescents followed by Sexuality education, Family life education and
HIV/AIDs education. The study provided data base evidence that ongoing RHEP was
curbing at-risk in-school adolescents’ sexual behaviour.
Reproductive Health Education Programmes and Services (RHPS) influence
adolescents’ sexual behaviour. Unfortunately, human and material resources, funds
and poor Youth-friendly Services Environments constitute obstacles to meeting the
sexual needs of in-school adolescents in Delta State of Nigeria. Hence, Delta State
Government should allocate more funds, embark on periodic assessment of the
programme, and the youth should be encouraged to get involved in the programmes.
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Library, The Public Access. "INFLUENCE OF REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH EDUCATION PROGRAMMES AND SERVICES ON SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR AMONG IN-SCHOOL ADOLESCENTS IN DELTA STATE, NIGERIA" Afribary.com (2021). Accessed May 08, 2021. https://afribary.com/works/influence-of-reproductive-health-education-programmes-and-services-on-sexual-behaviour-among-in-school-adolescents-in-delta-state-nigeria