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Children from ‘non-intact’ families have earlier sexual debut, study shows

TUGUEGRAO CITY, Philippines- A study shows that young females from ‘non-intact’ families in Cagayan Valley have earlier sexual debut than those raised by both parents.

In the study Batang Ina: Teenage Fertility Experience of Young Women in Cagayan Valley, young females raised by both parents were “associated with the delay of teenage fertility.”

The said study was conducted by Professor Antonio Tamayao of Cagayan State University and Christian Joy Cruz of the University of the Philippines Population Institute.

Commission on Population (PopCom) Region 02 Director Angelito Obcena reported the study’s findings in Philippine Information Agency Region 02’s Tipon-Tipan on Wednesday, October 18.

The study’s determinants of teenage fertility experience of young women in Region 02 was based on the data from PopCom’s Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality study in 2013, Obcena said.

A significant finding of the said study also shows that “more young people who were not raised by both parents, and having a sibling who got pregnant or got someone pregnant experience earlier child bearing.” The study shows this at 32.3% versus 16.8%.

Obcena said that another finding of the study is that females below age 13, who had early menarche or menstrual debut, have high likelihood to be pregnant. The study shows this at 22.8% versus 15.8%.

Other findings

One in every four or 27.6% young people in the region have engaged in premarital sex, the study shows. In this data, 86.2% were unprotected from pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.

The study also stated that the mean age at sexual debut of young females in the region is 18.19, and that 18.7% of young females, aged 15-24 years old, have begun childbearing before age 20.

In PopCom’s report given to The Northern Forum during Tipon-Tipan, the study concluded that “a lesser proportion of young females with teenage fertility consulted a health care professional for pregnancy related complications.”

Further, the study concluded that few women who got pregnant in an early age gave birth in a health facility and were assisted by a health professional while giving birth.

Joint responsibility

Obcena said that child reading should be a joint responsibility for parents, saying that both parents should be involved in the rearing of children.

“Dapat ang lalaki hindi lang nagdadala ng revenue or income sa pamilya but they are supposed to be partners doon sa household,” he added.

In response to victim blaming on females, Obcena said the problem nowadays is that people are not gender sensitive. He said a study on teenage fertility with males as subjects may be a “very good study.”

Meanwhile, he told fathers to be true to their responsibility and obligation to their families.

Although PopCom has been conducting symposiums and interventions in schools, Obcena reminded the parents that line agencies such as PopCom and the Department of Health are only there to support families, saying that the responsibility of child rearing “all boils down” to parents.

Next year, PopCom R02 will assess their interventions under the AHD program.

Meanwhile, the study’s title served as this year’s Adolescent Health and Development (AHD) Film Festival’s sub-theme, with the main theme “Post Millennial Filipinos: Renewed Hope vs. Risk.”

Held in SM City Cauayan Cinema 6 in Cauayan City, Isabela on Friday, October 20, the AHD Film Festival showcased 15-minute short films from six schools in the region. Northernforum.net

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