2012 Student Research Conference:
25th Annual Student Research Conference

Improving College Age Sexual Health
Katy L. Modlin
Dr. Joseph Visker, Faculty Mentor

The purpose of this study was to examine attitudes towards selected sexual topics among undergraduate students. A convenience sample of 307 students at a small, Midwestern university completed a 41-item, self-report instrument assessing attitudes toward college marriages, sexual behavior, STI's, abortion, pornography, and sexual assault. Less than half of the participants (n=100; 32.6%) believed that sexual intercourse should only occur between married couples, 47.6% (n = 146) strongly agreed or agreed with the statement abortion is murder, and 7.8% (n = 24) believed that sex education should not be taught in school. Implications of these results could potentially allow educators to improve sexual health curriculum and make more sexual health information available to students. Further implications for research and professional practice will be discussed.

Keywords: sex, health, education, college, sexual

Topic(s):Health Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 600-8
Location: Georgian Room - SUB
Time: 3:30

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