Would you dare to let your partner know what you want regarding sex? Sexual competence among Hungarian university students

Stream: Navigating Sexual Health: Professional, youth and MSM perspectives
Date: Friday, 1 April 2016
Time: 11.15 am – 1.00 pm


Introduction: Social and interpersonal skills are an important part of healthy sexual development. For sexual health, positive, respectful attitudes toward sexuality and having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences are necessary. Based on earlier studies, sexual competence can be considered as contributors to sexual health. The main goal of our study was to investigate young adults’ (aged 18-35 years) sexual behavior and its correlates. Method: Online self-administered questionnaires were use to collect data among Hungarian university students via Facebook (N=357; Meanage = 21.7 years; SD= 2.3; 26.1% male, 73.9% female). The questionnaire included items on a wide range of topics and we focused on sexual interaction competence. Results: We found that mean scores on both the ʽRefusing sex’ and ʽContraceptive use’ subscales of the Sexual Competence and Interaction Competence in Youth were higher among female than male students and scores were highest for ’Communication about sex’ among heterosexuals. Age, living situation and religion did not have a significant relationship with any subscale, nor did participation in sex education. Information regarding sex from parents and sexual partners significantly increases competence while other sources like books, Internet, sisters/brothers and peers do not. Conclusion: Findings provide be a foundation for further research and sex education programs targeting the Hungarian university student population where sociodemographics, sexual information sources, sexual habits and experiences could be key elements as well as special communication trainings regarding sex.


Noemi Keresztes (Presenter), University of Szeged, Institute of PE and Sport Sciences
Dr Noemi Keresztes is a young expert in researches regarding health risk and health promotion among young people. She has a particular interest in protective health behaviours, notably physical exercise. Recently she has extended her research field with another health issue that is young people’s sexual health. She is an early career researcher in social psychology of health / behavioural medicine, who holds an appointment as an Assistant Professor at the University of Szeged, Institute of PE and Sport Sciences, Hungary.

Bettina F. Piko, University of Szeged, Department of Behavioral Sciences

John de Wit, Centre for Social Research in Health
Professor John de Wit is Director of the Centre for Social Research in Health.