Relationship Between Premarital Sexual Behaviour And Age Of Marriage Among Female Teenagers In Playen District, Gunung Kidul, Yogyakarta

Evi Wahyuntari, Dhesi Ari Astuti, Yuyun Elitasari


Age of (first) marriage relates to several reproductive health and socio-economic problems. Indonesian government also has a policy related to human reproduction behavior which is stated in Act No. 10 of 1992 about population growth and prosperous family development. Based on the results of preliminary studies at Kantor Urusan Agama (KUA) or the Office of Religious Affairs in Playen district, Gunung Kidul, there are 78 couples of teenagers who got married in January-March 2015. This study is aimed to discover the correlation between the premarital sexual behaviors to age of marriage among the female teenager in Playen district, Gunung Kidul. This study employed a descriptive correlation survey method with cross sectional approach. Forty four (44) female teenagers who married in 2015 were selected using quota sampling design from May to July 2015 at Playen district, Gunung Kidul. Respondents obtained a yes-no-questionnaire consisted of 15 questions related to the premarital sex behaviors (good, common, and less) and answered their maternal age. The results counted more than 50% of the observed sampling population at Playen district, Gunung Kidul married before reached 20 years old. We revealed the majority of the observed female teenagers at Playen district, Gunung Kidul has common premarital sex behaviors, and 7 teenagers have good premarital sex behaviors. In this sampled population, we acknowledged 15.9% of teenager females have less premarital sex behaviors which shown high intensity to be exposed to sexual experience before married. Performed by chi-square test we revealed that there was a moderate positive correlation between premarital sex behavior and the maternal age (p value < 0.01). This significant value shows a less possibility of female teenagers to get married early related to not having sexual experience before married. The result suggested an important of parents‘ role to control their children to not expose to sexual experience before married to prevent early marriage phenomenon. It is expected to support the minimum marriage age which had been

regulated in the Marriage Act of 1974. 

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