MUSIC PREFERENCE, PARENTAL MONITORING AND GENDER AS FACTORS IN ADOLESCENTS’ SEXUAL PERMISSIVENESS

MUSIC PREFERENCE, PARENTAL MONITORING AND GENDER AS FACTORS IN ADOLESCENTS’ SEXUAL PERMISSIVENESS

ABSTRACT

This study was a survey aimed at ascertaining whether music preference, parental monitoring and gender are factors in adolescent sexual permissiveness. A sample of 405 adolescents were drawn from three secondary schools within Igbo-Eze South Local Government Area, Enugu State. Three instruments were used in the data collection. They include: Sexual Permissiveness Scale (SPS), Music Preference Scale (MPS) and Parental Monitoring Measure (PMM). Analysis of variance (ANOVA) was used to analyze the data collected. Three research hypotheses were postulated and tested. The findings showed that music preference was a significant factor in adolescent’s sexual permissiveness F (1, 388) = 13.81, P <.001. Parental monitoring and gender were not significant factors in adolescent sexual permissiveness.  However, the interaction between music preference and parental monitoring yielded a significant factor F(1, 388) = 8.08, P <.01. The interaction between Parental monitoring and gender yielded a significant interaction F(1, 388) = 11.25, P < .001.  The implications of the findings were discussed focusing on the dangers of exposure of adolescents to sexually provocative music.  Recommendations were made for provision of relevant education, as well as sexual health services to parents, adolescents, and other relevant bodies.