Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Abstract: Impact of Premarital Sex

By Tong Soprach, Public Health College, University of Cambodia, Academic Year 2007-08


The purpose of this paper is to examine the gender disparity premarital sex drive in Cambodia in relation to the Khmer culture context of sexual behavior among young people, sexual relationships, gang rape and sexual violence amongst young people, as well as social stress amongst students at university, and interviewing expatriates for information on Western cultures. This study focuses on young people who are involved in sex before marriage, but not commercial sex workers.

This paper asks whether it is Cambodian or western cultural impacts, perceptions of masculinity, peer pressure, drug and alcohol use; in addition, gender stratification, economic pressures, or opportunity that accounts for men’s passion for sex before marriage.

The paper focuses on the premarital sexual practices and the impacts of these practices in relation to the sexual and reproductive health of youth; including STIs and HIV/AIDS, the social consequences of unwanted pregnancy, incidence of gender based violence including the previously documented phenomenon of bauk (gang rape) and the trafficking of girlfriends to brothels.

In addition, this paper presents some recommendations for the design of education and advocacy interventions for youth sexual and reproductive health including the introduction of gender and human rights issues into STIs/HIV/AIDS and other sexual reproductive health initiatives, thereby encouraging safe and responsible sex among young men, and promoting the empowerment of youth.

Remarks: This Comprehensive Research Paper was summarized to a semi-research paper with 20 pages to summit to the University of Cambodia and Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports in partial fulfillment of the requirements for my master degree in Public Health, February 2008, Phnom Penh.

Note: Please click on its title to find the full research papar with PDF file.

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