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January - March 2006, Volume 2, Issue 1
General Endocrinology

Mogos V, Moldovan C, Gotca I

Sexuality in teenagers: teenagers about themselves

Acta Endo (Buc) 2006, 2 (1): 19-26
doi: 10.4183/aeb.2006.19

A study was performed on the basis of multiple-choice questionnaires applied to a lot of 96 pupils in the forms 9 to 11 at a high-school in the city of Suceava. The questionnaires of 96 de respondents were analysed ? 42 teenage boys (13 from the rural environment, 29 from the urban environment) and 54 teenage girls (19 from the rural environment and 35 from the urban environment). The objectives of the questions were: clarifying the relationships between the teenager and the social and family environment, affiliation to the reference group, knowledge and attitudes concerning the various aspects of sex life: the affective component, the start of sexual activity, notions about contraception and STD-s, the teenagers? attitude concerning the introduction of sex education in school. Most of the teenagers have an optimistic projection on the society?s permissive mentality concerning them and they enjoy a favourable family climate. Affiliation to the peer group, as a reference group, is based on fundamentally positive criteria and moral values and less based on professional interests. Love is perceived in an ideal manner, especially by teenage girls. The optimal age for becoming sexually active is declared as being 16-18 by most of the boys and 19-21 by most of the girls. The notions about contraception have a general character, and their practical application is more frequent with the boys than with the girls. The notions about sexually transmitted diseases, risk and prevention, are slightly better in boys than in girls. The main sources of information the teenagers have about their own sexuality are the media, more than the family and the educators. Although most of the teenagers agree with the need to have sex education in school, they could not offer solutions on the practical ways of delivering this education.


Correspondence: Voichita Mogos, Endocrinology Department, ?Gr. T. Popa? University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Iasi, 15, Gh. Asachi Street, 6600, e-mail: