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Journal of Korean Maternal and Child Health 2019;23(2):115-125.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.21896/jksmch.2019.23.2.115    Published online April 30, 2019.
Factors Influencing Intention of Sexual Abstinence Among Female College Students Based on the Theory of Planned Behavior
Hyang Im Yu1, Hyang Sook So2
1Department of Nursing, Graduate School, Chonnam National University, Gwangju, Korea
2College of Nursing, Chonnam National University, Gwangju, Korea
계획된 행위이론에 근거한 여자대학생의 성행위 절제의도 영향요인
유향임1, 소향숙2
1전남대학교 대학원 간호학과
2전남대학교 간호대학
Correspondence:  Hyang Sook So, Tel: 062-530-4952, Fax: 062-530-4952, 
Email: hsso0075@jnu.ac.kr
Received: 7 February 2019   • Revised: 8 April 2019   • Accepted: 11 April 2019
This study aimed to identify the factors that impact the intention of sexual abstinence among female college students. The approach was based on Ajzen's theory of planned behavior and the parent-adolescent communication of contextual factors.
A total of 189 female university students in the first to fourth grades at two universities in Honam region participated in the study. The collected data were analyzed using hierarchical stepwise multiple regression using SPSS 21.0.
The major factor that influences the intention of sexual abstinence among female college students was attitudes toward sexual behavior (β=0.53, p<0.001). Other factors, in descending order of their impact, were subjective norms toward friends (β=0.25, p<0.001), experience of sexual intercourse (β=-0.19, p<0.001), and subjective norms toward parents (β=0.09, p=0.040). Taken together, the aforementioned factors explained 81.1 % of the total variance.
Female college students' intention to abstain from sexual behaviors requires education promoting moderate and conservative positions. The participants’ subjective norms concerning sexual behaviors as perceived by friends and parents were also important. The results of this study provide meaningful implications for education of parents, sexual education of female college students, and sexual counseling programs.
Key Words: theory of planned behavior, college students, sexual behavior, sexual abstinence

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