Assessing sexual attitudes among adult men: A descriptive survey in Kenya
School of Arts and Humanities
Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship (RTP) ST10485877
Men's attitudes towards sex remain under researched across sub-Saharan Africa. To understand sexual attitudes and their associations with demographic characteristics among Kenyan men, a SAQ with Brief Sexual Attitudes Scale (BSAS) was deployed among 501 men aged 18–54 years old in Nairobi. Sample selection utilised multistage cluster random disproportionate sampling. Linear regression analyses present demographic associations with permissiveness, birth control and instrumentality (P < 0.05). Mean scores of sexual attitudes components included permissiveness (3.2), birth control (1.6), communion (1.8), and instrumentality (3.1). Overall, men's attitudes towards sexual permissiveness and instrumentality appear to be neutral, despite the chronically high prevalence of HIV/AIDS epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa evidenced by persistent risky sexual behaviours that conflict the study outcomes. These results indicate shifting and converging sexual attitudes among Kenyan men. Considering the multidimensionality of sexual attitudes and trends, adaptation of BSAS to African populations and integrating sexual behaviour scales is essential.