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Title

Sexual Health in College Adults

Presenter Information

Jamie GlennFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Junior

Major

Nursing

Minor

n/a

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Dr. Jessica Naber

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

The purpose of this study was to provide a better understanding of the sexual health of the student population at a rural university. This study examined self-protecting, health-risk behaviors, and perception of risk among this population. This study was a non-experimental, analytical study conducted in a rural university in the southern region of the United States. This convenience sample consisted of 108 college students of various races and academic disciplines. Participants completed an online questionnaire regarding their sexual behaviors. This sample was less sexually active, reported lower STD rates, and showed a greater percentage of oral contraceptive use than did the nationwide population (National Health Statistics Report, 2011). However, this group also reported high-risk behaviors such as multiple sexual partners and a low rate of condom use. Participants were almost as likely to use emergency contraception as the national group (Anma, et al, 2013). Finally, the sample group reported a low perceived risk for an STD despite high-risk behaviors.

Abma, J., Daniels, K., & Jones, J. (2013). Use of emergency contraception among women: United States. NCHS data brief, 112(1). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db112.pdf.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Disease Control and Prevention. (2011). National Health Statistics Reports 2011. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhsr/nhsr036.pdf

Affiliations

Honors Thesis, Nursing

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Sexual Health in College Adults

The purpose of this study was to provide a better understanding of the sexual health of the student population at a rural university. This study examined self-protecting, health-risk behaviors, and perception of risk among this population. This study was a non-experimental, analytical study conducted in a rural university in the southern region of the United States. This convenience sample consisted of 108 college students of various races and academic disciplines. Participants completed an online questionnaire regarding their sexual behaviors. This sample was less sexually active, reported lower STD rates, and showed a greater percentage of oral contraceptive use than did the nationwide population (National Health Statistics Report, 2011). However, this group also reported high-risk behaviors such as multiple sexual partners and a low rate of condom use. Participants were almost as likely to use emergency contraception as the national group (Anma, et al, 2013). Finally, the sample group reported a low perceived risk for an STD despite high-risk behaviors.

Abma, J., Daniels, K., & Jones, J. (2013). Use of emergency contraception among women: United States. NCHS data brief, 112(1). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db112.pdf.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Disease Control and Prevention. (2011). National Health Statistics Reports 2011. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhsr/nhsr036.pdf