Balinese youths and their attitudes to pre-marital sex.
A survey conducted by Udayana University in Bali and the local branch of the Family Planning Agency (BKKBN) has found that 28.6% of young Balinese girls and boys feel that pre-marital sex can be done, with 15.5% saying without any conditions, the dreaded free sex, while 13.1% feel that marriage should follow sometime afterwards.
The majority however, 64.5%, remain conservative, saying pre-marital sex is not permissible, while 6.9% say they have no idea.
1,168 young Balinese from nine regencies and towns were questioned and researcher Dr. I.G.W. Murjana admits surprise that the most liberal attitudes to sex were found not among the teenagers of Denpasar city, but those from provincial areas like Buleleng and Karangasem. Perhaps out of a desire to know the likely causes of this, or perhaps just as a plea for more funding, he said:
More research is needed.
95.5% of respondents were found to be aware of what sex actually was and about reproductive health issues, although for the latter many only had a sketchy idea. Many were found to be unaware of the proper age for getting married and about the negative effects of violating societal norms.
Balinese teenagers, said the Doctor, preferred to have information and advice about sex to come from their teachers, rather than their parents, not surprisingly, and so Murjana urged that sex education be adopted as part of the national school curriculum, and not only taught in the biology classes of the science stream (IPA) at senior high school as at present. Such education should begin at junior high school, he added. tempo
20th April 2007. Professor Charles Surjadi of a reproductive health research unit says a survey has found that 15% of 2,224 university students have had pre-marital sexual experiences, ranging from kissing, necking, petting, to intercourse. Between one and two percent of students surveyed had had abortions. tempo