LOVE AND SEXUAL RELATIONSHIPS A DECADE LATER:
A longitudinal quantitative study of the Experiences and Plans Of
Wealthier Young People Regarding Valentine’s Day
In Phnom Penh, 2009 – 2019
By Tong Soprach, MPH
Public Health Independent Researcher
Phnom Penh, February 2019
This study seeks to answer the research question: “What plans do wealthier young people in Phnom Penh have for sexual activity on the upcoming Valentine’s Day?” This study follows up on 2 quantitative studies conducted in 2009 and 2014, using a cross-sectional survey design with cluster sampling to survey wealthier young people aged 15-24 years old in Phnom Penh (N=1176) broken down by gender in four categories, with 502 males (42.7%) and 674 females (57.3%).
Significantly, the percentage of young people who think they will be able to have sex on the upcoming Valentine’s Day has decreased by more than half compared to ten years ago (2009: 12.4% vs 2019: 5.4%). The intention to have sex on Valentine’s Day correlates with the perception that it is a “a special day”; both this perception and the intention to have sex on the day have fallen by more than half from 2009 – 2019.
Here’s the full report with executive summary in Khmer version