• Ayu Khoirotul Umaroh Department of Public Health, Faculty of Health Science, Universitas Muhammadiyah Surakarta, Surakarta 57169, Indonesia
  • Tri Krianto Karjoso Department of Health Education and Behavioral Science, Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Indonesia, Depok 16424, Indonesia
  • Dien Anshari Department of Health Education and Behavioral Science, Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Indonesia, Depok 16424, Indonesia



adolescent, information, media, reproductive health, sexual intercourse


The proportion of sexual intercourse among girls aged 15-19 years is 0.9%, and 2.6% for aged 20-24 years, while boys aged 15-19 years is 3.6%, and 14% for aged 20-24 years old. The enabling factor related to behavior is the information media. This study aims to prove the relationship between exposure to reproductive health information and adolescent sexual intercourse with a cross-sectional approach using the 2017 IDHS data. Data analysis used Mantel Haenszel Stratification and Logistics Regression statistical test. A total of 23,351 respondents were exposed to television (97.2%), print media (56.1%), and radio (50.1%). The most exposures to reproductive health information were HIV, AIDS, STIs, condom advertisements, and information on all three materials. As many as 6.6% have had sexual intercourse. The results of logistic regression were found on print media (p-value 0.001; POR 0.6), radio (p-value 0.001; POR 0.460), and television (p-value 0.001; POR 0.767). Gender became the interaction variable on print media (POR 15.784 on girls; POR 1.822 on boys) and radio (POR 48.72 on girls; POR 1.584 on boys). The government suggests providing the boys with material on the impact of sexual intercourse based on a boys’ perspective. It is expected to be more effective in preventing sexual intercourse and to reach expanding reproductive health information from the mass media multi-sectoral collaboration. The government or academics can formulate longitudinal research on adolescent health and examine the effects of media on changes in social behavior using the Use and Gratifications Theory of media effects.


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How to Cite

Umaroh, A. K., Karjoso, T. K., & Anshari, D. (2023). THE EXPOSURE OF REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH INFORMATION AND SEXUAL INTERCOURSE AMONG ADOLESCENTS IN INDONESIA (2017 IDHS ANALYSIS). Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine, 23(1), 161–174.