Parental Factors and Sexual Health Profile of Students in Public Tertiary Institutions in Osun State


  • Tolulope O. Ojo Centre for Gender and Social Policy Studies Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife
  • Olufemiwa N. Makinde Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Faculty of Health Sciences Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife
  • Mary O. Obiyan Department of Demography and Social Statistics Faculty of Social Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife


This study examined how sexual health of young people can be influenced by parental factors such as education, marital status and parent-child communication. The population comprised of all students in tertiary institutions in Osun State. Three hundred students were selected from each of the institutions using convenience sampling technique. ‘Parental Variables and Sexual Health Scale” was used to collect data. Data was analysed using frequency distribution and chi-square. Results revealed that Parents marital status is statistically associated with being sexually active (χ2 = 10.97; p<0.01); use of contraception (χ2 = 13.82; p<0.03) and indulging in homosexual practices (χ2 = 10.89; p<0.01). The result also showed that there is no statistically significant relationship between mother/mother figure’s level of education and father/father figure’s level of education with transactional sex, multiple partners and being homosexually active. Majority (45.33%) of respondents stated that their mother is the most important source of knowledge on sex-related matters; 7.33% believe it is their father. It was concluded that education has no influence on young peoples’ sexual practice. It was recommended that fathers should be educated on how to overcome constraints of traditional norms, limited information on sexual health and poor communication skills as regards sexual health with young people.




How to Cite

Ojo, T. O. ., Makinde, O. N. ., & Obiyan, M. O. (2021). Parental Factors and Sexual Health Profile of Students in Public Tertiary Institutions in Osun State. Ife Social Sciences Review, 29(1), 81–91. Retrieved from