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A professor from the University of Navarra participates in a research on the lifestyles of Peruvian adolescents.

Researchers conducted 3,379 surveys of high school students in the main cities of the Latin American country.

14/04/10 08:06
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Dr. Jokin de Irala. PHOTO: Manuel Castells

Jokin de Irala, professor at the School of Medicine of the University of Navarra, has participated in a study on the lifestyle of Peruvian adolescents, in which the University of Piura and Intermedia Consulting have also collaborated. To carry out the research , 3,379 surveys were conducted among high school students from public and private schools in the main cities of the country.

According to the study, 75% of Peruvian adolescents in school receive messages or influences that hinder their comprehensive development , impact their wellbeing and risk their future. This conclusion was obtained after analyzing the behavior of young people in three areas: leisure, consumption of toxic substances and sexual behavior.

A comprehensive sexuality Education

A total of 42.9% of those surveyed stated that they study only 4 hours from Monday to Friday, and 24.6% dedicate more than 8 hours to this task. Their free time is spent in activities such as watching television; listening to music; reading magazines, newspapers or books; or surfing the Internet. Likewise, a high percentage never participate in Cultural Activities Office, volunteer activities, educational and artistic activities.

Regarding sexual Education , the analysis reveals that boys and girls want guidance from their families. Thus, the usual source in these matters are friends (45.8%), mother (39.7%) and father (19.1%).

The interest in affective issues is also transferred to school, as pointed out by those responsible for the study. It has been found that the sexual training received at high school concentrates mainly on biological topics, despite the expectations of schoolchildren. At this point, the researchers propose that schools, based on the values that parents wish to transmit to their children, should include affective aspects in their classes.