An Elicitation Study on Sexual Salient Belief in Middle Adolescents WhoEngage in Early Sexual Intercourse

  • Rahmi Lubis, Zahrotur Rusyda Hinduan, Ratna Jatnika, Hendriati Agustiani


Early sexual intercourse (ESI) has a significant negative correlation with physical and psychological health of the adolescents. ESI prevention that focuses on social influence hasstill not been done much. The social aspects that influence adolescent ESI behavior are shaped by behavioral beliefs, normative beliefs, and control beliefs. This study aims to describe sexual behavioral beliefs, normative beliefs, and control beliefs in middle adolescents with ESI. This qualitative study was conducted on 30 middle adolescents who had engagedin ESI in Medan. Data was collected using Youth Sexual Salient Belief Instrument with an open-ended question format. Thematic analysis shows that the salient behavioral beliefsarethat sex leads to sexual satisfaction, and sex causes pregnancy. The salient normative beliefs are peers and sexual partner as people who support it, and parents and peers as people who reject it. The control beliefs that show upare the existence of sex partner, places to have sex, and sex drives. Surrounding environment that rejects free sex is complicating factor to do sexual intercourse. Interventions to be carried out should be directed atthe beliefs that emerge related to the adolescent vaginal sex behavior.