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Abstinence-Sexuality Education and Sexual Attitudes and Behaviour of Youths in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Is Comprehensive Sexuality Education the Answer?



Date 20 November 2020, Friday
Time 12:45 - 14:00
Venue UG/F, Lau Chung Him Building, Lingnan University
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In Malaysia, as reported by UNAIDS in 2019, it is estimated that there are 88, 000 people living with HIV while the Malaysian Ministry of Health reported in 2015 an annual average teenage pregnancy rate of 18, 000 with 25% of cases involving pregnancy out of wedlock. These numbers are increasing over time suggesting that existing sexuality programs and interventions may be inadequate and/or ineffective. Thus, this study aims to address three objectives through three studies: firstly, a quantitative study examining the relationship between abstinence-sexuality education and sexual attitudes and behaviour among youths; secondly, a comparative mixed-method study on the effects of abstinence-sexuality education in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and comprehensive sexuality education in Singapore; and thirdly, a comparative qualitative study of novice and experienced teachers on their perspectives and readiness pertaining to abstinence-sexuality education and comprehensive sexuality education in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In Study 1, a total of 100 randomly selected youths is selected to answer a set of questionnaires. In Study 2, a total of 100 teachers from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Singapore is conveniently selected to answer a set of questionnaires followed by a structured interview with 10 purposively selected participants. In Study 3, a total of 100 novice and experienced teachers is purposively selected to answer a set of questionnaires. The quantitative data is analyzed using IBM SPSS Statistics 26 software for descriptive and correlation analysis while the qualitative data is analyzed using coding for thematic analysis.




Biography of speaker







Mr. Hamzah Nor bin Aedy Rahman is a first year doctoral student in Sociology and Social Policy at Lingnan University in Hong Kong studying under the supervision of Professor Mok Ka Ho and Dr. Xiong Weiyan. Having conducted an evaluative study on the newly implemented framework in the Malaysian education system for his master’s thesis, he developed an interest towards educational policy. His current research interests surround the field of educational pedagogy and educational policy. He has education background having graduated with first class bachelor’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from the Institute of Teacher Education, Malaysia and Master of Education in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Malaysia Sabah, Malaysia. Prior to joining Lingnan University, he worked as an English teacher for the Malaysian Ministry of Education in a national school in the rural area of Sabah from 2016 to 2020.