ERIC Number: EJ725582
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep-1
Reference Count: 26
Preliminary Examination of Cervical Health Practices and Knowledge among University-Aged Females
Fletcher, Paula C.; Bryden, Pamela J.
College Student Journal, v39 n3 p469 Sep 2005
Cervical cancer is relatively preventable through regular cervical examinations and by engaging in healthy practices concerning lifestyle behaviors, like safe sexual intercourse. Despite the benefits that regular pap tests provide, screening tests continue to be under used by women, with younger women being one of the most negligent groups. Since knowledge levels are one of the most significant barriers in non-compliance, investigating the knowledge of younger women would seem essential. A questionnaire was distributed to female university students in Southwestern Ontario, Canada and examined: (1) socio-demographic information, (2) health information and health practices, and (3) knowledge of cervical health. Preliminary analysis revealed that women that had received a Pap test were more knowledgeable about cervical health than those that had not; however, overall knowledge among all women was inadequate. Although cervical screening affords women with the opportunity to take control of their cervical health, they may not be cognizant of issues surrounding cervical cancer to understand and engage in the appropriate cervical screening practices.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Females, Screening Tests, Cancer, Health Behavior, Questionnaires, Undergraduate Students, Knowledge Level
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada