POPCOM-9 bares risk behavior of youth in ZamPen

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By Emmanuel D. Taghoy (FPG/EDT/PIA9-Zamboanga City)

ZAMBOANGA CITY, July 27 (PIA) – The Commission on Population (POPCOM)-9 has recently released the result of the 2013 Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Study 4 (YAFS 4) that particularly focused on various sexual and non-sexual risk behaviors, teen pregnancy and HIV-AIDS among youth in Zamboanga Peninsula region.

POPCOM-9 Regional Director Reynaldo O. Wong said the study hopes to provide updated information on a broad framework of adolescent sexuality and reproductive health issues including their antecedents and manifestations that can be used in various intervention measures in order to safeguard the health and welfare of the youth.

The YAFS findings have been categorized based on socio-economic-demographic background, non-sexual risk behaviors, sources of information on sex, sex and media, sexual risks, teenage fertility and Human immunodeficiency virus infection and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS).

The study interviewed around 19,178 young people representing all sectors including males and females, single and married and the Muslim youth.

Some of the highlights in the YAFS results are as follows: region 9 has the fourth highest proportion of idle youth (not studying nor working); there is a declining proportion of youth in the region who are currently smoking; region 9 has the third smallest proportion of currently drinking youth; percentage of youth in region 9 who reportedly used prohibited drugs declined in the past decade; the region registers the seventh highest percentage of youth committing suicide.

The proportion of youth who have read pornographic materials has declined from 35.1 percent in 2002 to 29.3 percent in 2013. On the other hand, more than half of the youth have watched x-rated movies and videos illustrating an increase from 46.5 percent in 2002 and 54 percent on 2013.

Other media related activities are also identified such as visiting of sexually-explicit websites, sending and receiving of sex videos through cellular phones or internet, phone sex, among others.

The YAFS 4 is a joint project of the University of the Philippines Population Institute and Demographic Research and Development Foundation with funding from the Australian Government, United Nations Population Fund, Department of Health, and Philippine Council for Health Research and Development.

Previous YAFS were held in 1982, 1994, and 2002.