DEMOGRAPHICS AS PREDICTORS OF PRACTICE OF HIV VOLUNTARY COUNSELLING AMONG SECONDARY SCHOOL ADOLESCENTS IN EDO STATE, NIGERIA

  • Agbonluae Obaze Osumah Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Nigeria
Keywords: Demographics, Predictors, Practice, HIV Voluntary Counselling, Adolescents

Abstract

This study assessed the demographic variables predicting the practice of HIV Voluntary
Counselling among secondary school adolescents in Edo State. Thus, a descriptive survey
research was adopted for the study. One thousand, nine hundred and eighty eight (1988)
secondary school adolescents were sampled from secondary schools in Edo State using multistage
sampling technique. A validated instrument titled “Practice of HIV Voluntary Counselling
Questionnaire (PHVCQ)” developed by the researcher was used to obtain data. The instrument
was content validated by experts. The reliability of the instrument was determined using
Cronbach Alpha. The alpha level showed the following result: practice of HIV Voluntary
Counselling = 0.75. The instrument was administered on the study participants by the researcher
and six Research Assistants. Data collected were analysed using Multiple Regressions. The
analysis yielded the following results: demographics of respondents predicted practice of HIV
voluntary counselling among secondary school adolescents in Edo State. Based on the findings
of the study, it was recommended that: government should put policy in place to provide free
HIV voluntary counselling for adolescents aged 10-18 years in schools and that school
counsellors should intensify efforts through enlightenment campaigns on the need for students to
participate in HIV voluntary counselling and HIV/AIDS education.

Published
2018-08-22