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ERIC Number: ED262298
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Sep
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
A Study of the Awareness of Selected College Students Concerning Sexually Transmitted Diseases.
Frazer, Gregory H.; Klein, Daniel
Changes in sexually transmitted disease (STD) rates among adolescents and young adults may depend on changes in sexual activity, accessibility of referral and treatment services, and education. To assess the knowledge and attitudes of college students toward various aspects of STD's, a 45-item Likert inventory focusing on symptoms, prevalence, causes, and personal responsibility related to STD's was administered to 843 college students at two midwestern universities. An analysis of the data revealed that the average respondent was single, sexually active, 20.6 years of age, moderately religious, and had received minimal formalized sexuality education in secondary school. The results of the knowledge section indicated that significant differences existed between males and females, with females reporting more accurate information than males. Knowledge items dealing with pregnancy and syphilis, initial symptoms of STD's, and social class incidence of STD's were items which were most typically missed by male respondents. The results indicated that although the respondents recognized the magnitude of the problems surrounding STD's, they had many misconceptions about the specific symptoms and effects of individual STD's. Religious preference, area of academic study, and sexual activity were not found to be significant response predictors. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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