Monday, February 26, 2007

UKM Study: Most Female Students With Disciplinary Problems Admit To Having Sex.

A Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) study has revealed a shocking finding about high-risk female students in one state where most of them admitted to have had sexual intercouse.

The study, conducted by UKM's Children and Youth Psychology specialist Dr Khaidzir Ismail, found all the 887 high-risk female students except for one confessing to have had experienced the "pleasure of the flesh".

The three-month High-Risk Female Youth Profile Study, which ended last December, took 20 students with disciplinary problems from each schools, ranging from Form One to Form Five, as its respondents.

"It is sad and shocking to find all except one of the respondents admitted to having experienced sex. This is painful finding but it is a reality that we have to accept," he told Bernama at his office in Bangi near here today.

It is understood that the study was a Selangor government's initiative in an attempt to find a handle to the moral values' deterioration among the female youths in the state.

From the findings of the study, the state government aims to formulate a special training module to promote high moral values among the young female generation.

Khaidzir said the study also found that the female students, aged between 15 and 16, were at a high risk of being involved in various disciplinary problems like trying to lose their virginity. "The study also found that the problems committed by these students were due to external pressure like coming from broken homes where their parents having difficulties in coping with life," he said.

Findings of the study also revealed that apart from the sexual experience, most of the respondents took drugs, involved in pornography, secret societies, vandalism and truancy.

Khaidzir said most of these high-risk female students were poor in their academic achievements, communication skills, and having low self-esteem and self-control as well as problem-solving capabilities. (Syed Azwan Syed Ali, Bernama)

***** While most of us knew, despite the pious claims of government educationists, religious groups and politicians on the 'high moral values' and practices of our anak dara, that many of them were running wild and trying out everything from drugs, to sex and worse, the sheer numbers and percentages quoted is frightening to say the least.

While the authorities are busy 'curbing' social ills and the hot-blooded libido of the adults, the children are quietly having a go themselves.

The UKM researchers should be congratulated for honestly and transparently revealing the damning figures. Now let us wait and see how the government tries to cover-up this issue or attempts to put a positive spin to it.
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Blogger Rauff said...

Whooaaa....and they said delinquency in the 90's were bad. I guess this a a good case from bad to worse.

5:30 PM GMT+8  
Blogger MarinaM said...

I spoke to the Vice-Chancellor and she said that this study was being referred to the UKM Ethical Committee to investigate the 'sensationalism' factors in this report. Also apparently the study has not been peer-reviewed.Therefore we cannot assume that there are no flaws in this report.

My question would really be this: why a study only on girls? Why is Selangor only concerned about the morality of young girls, and not of young boys? Do we have different morality standards for each sex?

I would be interested to know exactly what they asked these girls, and to know what they understood by 'sex'. Even among American or European students, you would never find a 99% result like this. I would be interested to know, for instance, how much violence, including rape, have these girls experienced, since there have been several studies that show that girls who experience rape then have such low self-esteem that they give their bodies to anyone as a form of self-hate.

Also I see nothing about what to do about this problem. Counselling? More religious lessons? Keep them locked up?

It would also be good to know , since they only picked 20 students with disciplinary problems from each school ( rather than ALL students with disciplinary problems), what percentage of the total number of girls with problems this represents. Therefore is saying 'MOST female students admit...' accurate or just sensationalising from flimsy evidence?

11:31 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First of all, the sampling strategy deployed will not yield a prevalence of sexual behavior among girls. That should have been obvious.

It is not necessarily that the study is flawed. It is perfectly legitimate to study only girls with behavioral problems and do another on delinquent boys. There is no real issue here about having to do them both together.

However, the news reports reflect either a carelessness on the part of the journalist or the researcher as very poor generalisations were made. In evaluating a study, it is best to understand the entire scope from its objectives, methodology and results before one draws any conclusion.

Since Dr. Khaidzir deliberately chose delinquent girls or girls with disciplinary problems, this is a high-risk group by default that he has embraced.

For your information, the female student population (Form 1 to Form 5) in the state of Selangor is 142,148 in 2004 (DOSM, 2005). Assuming that it gives us a minimum ceiling of 0.6% in terms of sexual activity among the female high school students, it is still evidence for the need of proper sex education in schools.

To pick an extreme example, 47% of the youth (aged 15 - 19) in the United States reportedly are engaged in sexual behavior (in 2003), but at least it is declining steadily since 1993.

There is really not a need to write-off the study. What we need is to educate the public on providing alternatives and solutions to those who engage in high risk sexual behavior.

I concur on the bit about what was exactly asked. The Star used the phrase "pleasures of the flesh" but Bernama used "sexual intercourse". Not much of a difference one might say, but in a self-administered questionnaire, interpretation might vary to a point that it affects the reliability of the data.

Apart from the issues above, it is perhaps more helpful to ask if any of the girls in the study are currently on any program to overcome their problems. It would be most illuminating (as a side objective), to assess what the schools are doing with these pupils.

It is quite one thing to condemn and shake our finger in disapproval, but we must also remember that it takes two to tango. So who is it that they are having sex with? Are there any precautions taken? Why are they doing this? Isn't that more important than the misleading claim that all the female students in a study except one confesses to have engaged in sexual intercourse?

"Most female students" here must be used with "disciplinary problems", as we are dealing with a sub-population, not the whole. In any case, surveys are ill equiped to provide in-depth understanding and finding solutions, especially when the sampling is the limiting factor.

I would remind everyone that for each of the female students with discipline problems found to have sex, there is at least one other male accomplice we are also talking about.

9:37 PM GMT+8  

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