Nor Jumawaton Shahruddin, Mariani Mansor, Zainal Madon, Hanina Halimatusaadiah Hamsan


This study was conducted to measure the relationship between parent-child attachment and self-esteem within the attitude towards sexual behaviour among young pregnant out of wedlock adoles-cents in Peninsular Malaysia. A total of 130 pregnant out of wedlock adolescesnts aged between 14 years and 19 years old from 4 welfare institutions in the states of Selangor, Perak, Johor and Kelan-tan participated in this research. Respondents were selected using a stratified random sampling tech-nique. This study used three questionnaires. They are the Inventory of Parent and Peer Attachment (Armsden & Greenberg 1987), the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (Rosenberg, 1965) and Brief Sexual Attitudes Scale (Hendrick & Reich, 2006). All instruments used had yielded a Cronbach’s alpha reli-ability coefficient value ranging from 0.82 to 0.90. Findings revealed that the level of parent-child attachment is moderate, a high self esteem and a high level of attitude toward sexual behavior. Results of Pearson’s correlation analysis revealed that there were significant relationships between parent-child attachment with attitudes toward sexual behaviour (r = -.220, p <.05) and a significant cor-relation between self esteem and attitude sexual behavior (r = .708, p <.05). The study also analyzed the role of self esteem as a mediator variable of parent-child attachment and self esteem with attitude sexual behavior. In conclusion, the parent-child attachment and self esteem are found to be related to attitude toward sexual behavior. The findings of this study prove that parents should maximize time with adolescents to ensure that they do not feel isolated within the family. This study also suggests several alternatives in order to curb sexual misconduct among adolescents.

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