UNDERGRADUATES PERCEPTION OF COURTSHIP AND ITS INFLUENCE ON PRE-marital SEX
1.1 BACKGROUND FOR THE STUDY
Campuses provide a unique atmosphere for students to pursue either a traditional courtship style or a courtship style characterized by premarital sexual encounters. According to the Merriam-Webster definition, courting refers to the actions that take place during the development of a love relationship that may lead to marriage, or the time period during which these activities occur.
Premarital sex is sexual activity engaged in by unmarried individuals. Historically, premarital sex was viewed as a moral issue that was prohibited in many cultures and considered a sin by many religions. However, since the 1960s, premarital sex has grown more widely tolerated, particularly in Western countries.
Regarding courtship's impact on premarital sexual activity, a number of studies have been conducted on students' perceptions (Bogle, 2008). These studies reveal that young men and women participate in casual sex or what is known as “campus courting” or “hooking up” more frequently than traditional courtship, which prohibits premarital sex. Hooking up carries a degree of ambiguity, but has often been characterized as a sexual experience, ranging from kissing to having sex, particularly between young men and women without implying a marital commitment.
The high annual rate of divorce, nonmarital pregnancies, and premarital sex have drastically altered the traditional family structure. As a result of western education, courtship, which had been prevalent in Nigeria for decades, became popular. The practice of courtship among students has altered the area of male and female interaction in traditional African society. Prior to the colonial era, men were required to call on ladies and be invited to visit the woman's home under tight family supervision. This style of courting was a form of traditional courtship in which men and women were expected to adhere to very specific rules. However, western education has completely transformed the way young men and women view romance and sexual activity before marriage. The collegiate setting allows young people to participate in a form of campus romance commonly referred to as “hooking up” away from the watchful eyes of their families and communities (Hettlinger, 2007).
The mass media, social media, internet, peers, changing family traditions, money, and the university atmosphere, among others, have changed how young men and women think about and engage in courtship alongside modern social changes. This impression has influenced the sexual conduct of undergraduates, notably in the areas of courtship and its related to premarital sex.
1.2 DESCRIPTION OF THE PROBLEM
Regarding undergraduates' perceptions of courtship and its effect on premarital sexual activity, there is a paucity of research. This study aims to fill a void by studying undergraduates' opinions of courting and its influence on premarital sex in relation to peers, university environment, family history, and social media.
1.3 OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY
These are the aims of this investigation:
examine the undergraduates' views on courting and its impact on premarital sexual activity.
Determine how romance is conducted among undergraduate students.
To determine the causes of premarital sexual activity among students.
1.4 RESEARCH QUESTIONS
How do undergraduates see courtship and its impact on premarital sexual activity?
How is romance performed among college students?
What are the causes of premarital sexual activity among undergraduates?
1.6 Importance of the Research
The following describes the importance of this study:
This study will inform the general public and education administrators on how students feel about courtship and its impact on premarital sex, which will serve as a roadmap for addressing premarital sex issues among students.
This research will also serve as a resource for other academics and researchers interested in conducting additional research in this sector; if implemented, it will go so far as to provide fresh explanations for the topic.
1.7 SCOPE AND RESTRICTIONS OF THE STUDY
This study on undergraduates' perceptions of courtship and its impact on premarital sex will examine all courtship approaches prevalent in Nigerian colleges. It will also address the students' perspectives on it and its impact on premarital sex.
LIMITATION OF STUDY
Financial limitation – Inadequate funds tend to impede the researcher's efficiency in locating relevant resources, literature, or information and in collecting data (internet, questionnaire and interview).
Due to time constraints, the researcher will conduct this study alongside other academic duties. This will consequently reduce the time spent conducting research.
UNDERGRADUATES PERCEPTION OF COURTSHIP AND ITS INFLUENCE ON PRE-MARITAL SEX