Introduction: Adolescence is a vulnerable period involving behavior irregularities, especially premarital sexual behavior. Premarital sexual behavior can be caused by personal and social factors. This study aimed to analyze self-esteem and premarital sexual behavior in teenagers between Dolly ex-localization and the surrounding area in Surabaya. Methods: This study used a quantitative approach with a descriptive comparative method. The population was teenagers who were not married. The sample was 118 teenagers, consisting of 59 teenagers in ex-localization and 59 teenagers in the surrounding area. The variables were self-esteem and premarital sexual behavior in teenagers who live between ex-localization and the surrounding area. Data were collected with a questionnaire and analyzed using Mann-Whitney U Test with a level of significance α=0,05. Results: Results showed that there was no difference in self-esteem level between teenagers in ex-localization and the surrounding area (p = 0.568); there was a difference in premarital sexual behavior between teenagers in ex-localization and the surrounding area (p = 0.017). It can be concluded that both teenagers between ex-localization and surrounding area had high levels of self-esteem and were in a high risk category for premarital sexual behavior. Teenagers in ex-localization areas have better levels of self-esteem than teenagers in the surrounding area but have a high risk in premarital sexual behavior. Conclusion: Further studies should include more variables such as the relationship between parents and their children, peer group, and social group. The next research should analyze the role of parents and peer group, and give interventions for health promotion to influence the knowledge level among teenagers about premarital sexual behavior.
- premarital sexual behavior