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Survey: 60% of university students dissatisfied with school sex education
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14:35, May 22, 2009

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Which issues most concern university students? Aside from the impending employment issue, issues also include sex education in schools.

The first ever health survey for Chinese university students was conducted recently, jointly sponsored by companies such as 39.net, univs.cn and ynet.com.

The survey result shows as follows:

Almost 50 percent of university students often experience feelings of anxiousness, depression and boredom.

Ten percent of university students said the pressures they face are suffocating, while 40 percent said that employment is the primary reason behind the pressure.

More than half of the students surveyed said that they have never received any formal sex education at university, and 60 percent stated that they are dissatisfied with the sex education provided by universities.

Fifty percent of university students often feel anxious and bored.

Moreover, self-confidence and optimism should be fundamental psychological qualities of a university student.

The results of this survey also reveal that nearly 70 percent of university students always or sometimes lack self-confidence however. Ten percent clearly said that they are not confident, and 5.6 percent even "usually feel inferior." Only less than 30 percent of students surveyed said they are confident or very confident.

Among the students surveyed, a proportion accounting for more than half of the total said they often feel anxious, depressed and bored, while 30 percent said they feel calm, and a mere 7 percent of students think they are very happy.

Forty percent of university students said the pressure comes from employment issues

As to the issue of pressure frequently mentioned by the media, more than 60 percent of university students said that pressure exists, but it is bearable; ten percent said the pressure is too much to bear; around 20 percent said they feel no pressure. Employment is still the biggest pressure for university students, being the primary pressure for 40 percent of students surveyed. Other pressures in order include studying, emotional problems and interpersonal relationships.

The survey shows that the solutions university students resort to when facing problems are also unsatisfactory. According to survey results, half of students surveyed said they choose to talk with friends when they have problems, 37 percent students prefer to bottle up problems, and only less than 2 percent of students seek psychological consultation. Another negative survey result is that of over 3 percent of university students indicated they often have suicidal thoughts, while nearly 40 percent said they have thought about committing suicide.

On the topic of the university student suicide phenomenon, nearly half of the students surveyed said those who commit suicide typically have psychological problems. Other major reasons they believe lead to university students' committing suicide include a broken heart, employment-related stress, academic pressure and the social environment.

University students mainly acquire knowledge about sex from the Internet

Nowadays university students have generally adopted a relatively open-minded attitude to the most sensitive sex-related issues. According to the survey results, 70 percent of students surveyed believe premarital sex is acceptable, with only 10 percent expressing strong opposition. As to attitudes towards one night stands, over 40 percent of students regarded it as relatively normal while another 30 percent opposed it.

The survey results also show that half of the university students have had sex and do not mind whether their lovers have previous sexual experience. Forty-five percent of the university students said they had no regrets about their previous sexual encounters. Over half of these students said they never received regular sex education at school; around 20 percent said their regular sex education came from the physiology classes offered at junior high school. In comparison, 60 percent expressed dissatisfaction with sex education in schools.

Knowledge of sexual health mainly comes from the Internet according to 62% of those surveyed.

Another two major channels are discussions among classmates and friends, literature, film and television. This shows that lack of sex education has become a universal phenomenon to which society and schools should pay attention

Experts pointed out that university students are generally around 20 years old; their physiological development is fast but their psychological growth is not yet mature. For a long time society has neglected university students' psychological health issues thus it has become extremely easy for students to develop psychological problems such as self-contempt when faced with competition, setbacks and other problems. This type of diffident attitude then triggers extreme behavior when they are facing pressure. Information shows that out of the total number of university students who are suspended or drop out of school, do so due to various psychological obstacles or problems accounting for around 50 percent. Committing suicide as a result of psychological factors such as self-contempt, feeling broken hearted or frustration has become the primary cause for university students' unnatural death.

By People's Daily Online

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