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ERIC Number: EJ917211
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-0146-3934
Female College Students' Perceptions of Organ Donation
Boland, Kathleen; Baker, Kerrie
College Student Journal, v44 n1 p178-188 Mar 2010
The current process of organ donation in the U.S. relies on the premise of altruism or voluntary consent. Yet, human organs available for donation and transplant do not meet current demands. The literature has suggested that college students, who represent a large group of potential healthy organ donors, often are not part of donor pools. Before initiating a donor awareness campaign, this study sought to gauge college students' perceptions of the subject. A four-page closed-ended survey was completed by 389 students to measure their knowledge about organ donations in general, their attitudes toward giving and receiving donations and their intended behaviors. Results indicated that students have mixed feelings toward organ donation and their knowledge about the process is minimal. In general, however, they support organ donation for a variety of reasons. Findings from case scenarios also indicated that explicit communication of a desire to donate (via a signed donor card), but not financial compensation for a funeral, was a significant contributor to their decision. The implications of these findings are discussed. (Contains 2 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States