Knowledge and Perceptions of Date Rape among Female Undergraduates of a Nigerian University

Frederick O. Oshiname, Akintayo O. Ogunwale, Ademola J. Ajuwon

Abstract

This paper focuses on knowledge and perceptions of Date Rape (DR) among female undergraduates of the University of Ibadan. The cross-sectional survey was conducted among 651 female undergraduates selected using a four-stage random sampling technique. A semi-structured questionnaire which included a 6-point knowledge scale and a 21-points perceptions scale was used to collect data. Knowledge scores of 0- 2, 3- 4 and 5- 6 were rated as poor, fair and good respectively. Perception scores of 0-10 and 11-21 were categorized as supportive and non-supportive perception of DR respectively. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and Chi-square at p < 0.05. Mean knowledge score was 2.3 ± 2.1 and 50.0% participants had poor knowledge of DR. Knowledge of DR increased significantly by level of study. Participants’ had a mean perception score of 9.1 ± 2.8 and 66.9% had perceptions supportive of DR. Campus-based educational programme have potentials for addressing the phenomenon. (Afr J Reprod Health 2013; 17[3]: 137-148).

 

Résumé

Ce document met l'accent sur les connaissances et les perceptions du viol lors d’un rendez-vous (VLR) parmi les étudiantes du premier cycle de l'Université d'Ibadan. L'enquête transversale a été menée auprès de 651 étudiantes de premier cycle sélectionnées à l’aide d’une technique d'échantillonnage aléatoire en quatre étapes. Un questionnaire semi-structuré qui comprenait une évaluation des connaissances à 6 points et  l’échelle de perception à 21 points a été utilisé pour collecter des données. Les cotations  de connaissance de 0-2, 3-4 et 5-6 ont été classées comme médiocre, moyenne et bonne, respectivement. Les cotations de perception de 0-10 et 11-21 ont été classées comme perception de soutien  et de non soutien du VLR respectivement. Les données ont été analysées à l'aide de statistiques descriptives et chi carré à p <0,05.  La cotation moyenne de la connaissance était de 2,3 ± 2,1 et 50,0% des participants avaient une mauvaise connaissance de la VLR. La connaissance de la VLR a augmenté de façon significative selon le niveau d'étude. Les participants «avaient une cotation de perception moyenne de 9,1 ± 2,8 et 66,9% avaient une perception de soutien de la VLR. Les programmes éducatifs qui sont  basés  sur le campus ont un potentiel pour s’occuper du phénomène. (Afr J Reprod Health 2013; 17[3]: 137-148).

                 

Keywords: Female undergraduate students, Date rape perception, Date rape-related knowledge.  

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